The Northern Regional Center in Wake Forest, 350 E. Holding Ave., currently offers free COVID-19 testing by appointment only Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
To ensure an orderly traffic flow, Town officials encourage anyone planning to visit the testing site at the Northern Regional Center to approach the facility from the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass.
Motorists should then turn onto South Franklin Street and then onto Yellow Poplar.
From there, turn right onto South White Street and right along East Holding Avenue before turning right into the NRC lot.
Drivers are advised to plan ahead, remain patient and follow the direction of traffic control and all signage.
Wake County Expands Free Drive-Thru Testing
All five Wake County testing sites now operate 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
- Wake County Human Services-Swinburne
2845 Kidd Road, Raleigh
- Wake County Northern Regional Center
350 E. Holding Avenue, Wake Forest
- Vision RDU Church
5808 Departure Drive, Raleigh
- Wake County Southern Regional Center
130 N. Judd Parkway, Fuquay-Varina
- Wake County Eastern Regional Center
1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon
There is no cost and no ID required, but appointments are required. Appointments allow the county to prioritize residents who are symptomatic, have been exposed to COVID-19 or are at higher risk.
Appointments can be made seven days out. Click here or call 1-888-675-4567 (M-F 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Weekends/holidays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
All sites use self-administered PCR tests which are painless and require people to swab just inside their nose. Results should come back within 12-24 hours.
Free at-home testing kits are also available thanks to a program from the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Tests can be ordered online, arrive the next day and can be shipped to the lab in a postage-paid envelope, with results coming back in 1-2 days.
How do we test?
Several tents are set up in the parking lots at each location. Staff will hand out free test kits to drivers or others in the vehicles. To register the test, users hover a cell phone camera over the code on the kit, which links to a website. Users enter basic contact information so test results can be sent directly via text or email. The self-administered test involves taking a swab, circling it around in the lower part of each nostril several times and then placing the swab into a small vial. The vial is placed in a zipped bag and handed back to staff on site.
When should you test?
Testing is available for everyone and especially recommended for anyone, regardless of vaccination status, who has COVID-19 symptoms. Symptoms include sore throat, congestion, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath or nausea. The Centers for Disease Control and Protection also advise that vaccinated people be tested if they come into contact with someone with COVID-19, even if they have no symptoms.
For more information, call (888) 675-4567 or visit wakegov.com/testing.
You can find additional testing locations at Test Site Finder on the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services website. Beginning Monday, Aug. 16, the NRC will offer free COVID-19 testing from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.