Free COVID Testing Now Available on the Plateau

Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation is pleased to announce COVID-19 testing sites now serving the Highlands-Cashiers plateau.

This is a NCDHHS initiative being coordinated on the plateau by a local consortium led by the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation, the Town of Highlands and The Village Green.

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Macon and Jackson Counties, in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), are expanding no-cost COVID-19 virus testing capacity as part of a recently announced partnership between the state of North Carolina and OptumServe. These new community testing events build on North Carolina’s ongoing work to increase access to testing and slow viral spread.

“Testing is a core element of North Carolina’s response to this pandemic, and that means making sure cost and access challenges never act as a barrier to a needed test. As we continue expanding free community testing options, we’re helping North Carolinians to stay informed about their health and help slow the spread of COVID-19,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D.

OptumServe has expertise in rapidly deploying and setting up health care services. Led by former Army Surgeon General and retired Lieutenant General Patty Horoho, RN, OptumServe has performed more than 1 million tests at community-based testing sites across the country.

If you do not have internet access you may register by calling (877) 562-4850. Anyone can be tested, including those who ar underinsured, uninsured, undocumented or homeless.

For more information, please check the NCDHHS public health website. Symptoms of COVID can also be found here.

As always, please remember to keep practicing social distancing and washing your hands regularly.