Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, The Outer Banks Hospital and Medical Group and Mako Medical are partnering to provide a Drive-Thru COVID-19 testing site available for anyone in need of COVID-19 testing.
Drive-thru testing will be available Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 2:30 pm at the Dare County Family Recreation Park located at 602 Mustian Street in Kill Devil Hills, NC. Patients will not be charged for the test. Insurance information will be collected for those with insurance.
For fastest service at the Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing site, pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Individuals may pre-register on-line HERE. Results will be available through the Mako Medical on-line portal within 48 hours from the test date.
People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Common symptoms of COVID-19 infection may include: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea. This list does not include all possible symptoms.
We encourage you to stay informed by visiting www.darenc.com/covid19 or by visiting the CDC or NC DHHS websites. If you have specific needs or questions you may also call the Dare County COVID-19 call center open Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 5:00 at 252-475-5008.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended the COVID-19 Pfizer booster for children ages 12 to 15 years old. COVID-19 infections have skyrocketed to a seven-day daily average of more than 480,000 cases per day in the United States, and the number of children being hospitalized across the country is increasing. Getting a booster helps strengthen and extend protections against COVID-19.
- Children 12 and up who received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can receive the Pfizer booster five months after their second dose. Parental consent is required.
- Adults 18 and older can receive any brand of COVID-19 vaccine for their booster shot.
- The CDC also recommends a third dose of Pfizer for children ages 5 to 11 who are immunocompromised.
In addition, the wait time for boosters for anyone who received Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations has been reduced from six months to five months.
- People who received the two doses of the Moderna vaccine should receive their booster in six months.
- People who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should receive their booster two months after their vaccination.
It is important to get your booster as soon as you are eligible to strengthen your protection.
ISOLATION & QUARANTINE GUIDANCE
The CDC also updated its guidance for isolation and quarantine. People with COVID-19 should isolate for at least 5 full days and wear a mask for an additional 5 days. People exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine for 5 days and wear a mask for an additional 5 days. However, people who are exposed to COVID-19 do not need to quarantine if they are vaccinated – including a booster for adults – against COVID-19. Because North Carolina remains in the CDC’s red zone with high community transmission, all North Carolinians should wear a mask.
NCDHHS encourages you to speak with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you have questions about COVID-19 boosters. As with all COVID-19 vaccines, doses are free for everyone, even if they don’t have health insurance and regardless of their immigration status.
To find a COVID-19 booster, or for more information about COVID-19 vaccines in North Carolina, visit MySpot.nc.gov or call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center for free at 888-675-4567. Not all vaccines may be available at every vaccine location.