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Buncombe County closes A-B Tech COVID-19 testing site after weeks of low turnout

A-B Tech Community College
FILE - A-B Tech Community College, Asheville, North Carolina. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

On Tuesday, the director of Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) said they'll be sunsetting the COVID-19 testing site at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech), effective immediately.

Public Health Director Stacie Saunders said the decision came after weeks of low turnout.

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She said BCHHS and county emergency management have worked with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service (NCDHHS) to establish a testing site in the county with StarMed, a testing vendor.

StarMed began providing drive-through testing in Buncombe County on Feb. 4 at Buncombe County Sports Park.

You can use Find My Testing Location to find a testing location near you, or visit StarMed.care to register for the Buncombe County Sports Park testing site.

Saunders said the testing operation at A-B Tech was taking up a lot of resources. She said testing in the county remains "really high though," despite the drop in turnout at A-B Tech. Saunders added that the highest amount of testing came around Christmas time, when they were seeing about 10,000 tests per week. She said after that surge, numbers have dropped to around 8,000 tests per week, which is still good.

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She said access to tests has increased quite a bit, too. Saunders said testing has dropped since the winter surge of COVID-19 cases, but many people are still getting tested; they just have more options on where to go now. She said that could be attributing to the fewer people getting tested at A-B Tech.

The vaccine clinic at A-B Tech will not be impacted by the closure of the testing site.

Click here for the latest COVID-19 information from Buncombe County Health and Human Services.



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