Free COVID-19 testing available in Wake Forest

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 9:49am

UPDATED - December 31, 2020

People who live and work near Wake Forest have a convenient way to get tested for COVID-19. Wake County is contracting with clinical laboratory Radeas, located at 907 Gateway Commons Circle, to provide free, drive-thru testing Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

The service is free, and no appointment is necessary. The testing typically takes about seven minutes, and results are usually provided in 24-48 hours. 

Tests are reserved for those who:

  • Have COVID-like symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, and loss of smell;

  • Have been in close contact with a known positive case of COVID-19;

  • Are healthcare workers or first responders;

  • Work in high-risk settings like long-term care facilities, correctional facilities or homeless shelters;

  • Are 65 years old or older;

  • Have underlying health conditions;

  • Are a member of a vulnerable or historically marginalized population;

  • Have attended a mass gathering or protest; or

  • Are a frontline worker in a setting where social distancing is difficult.

For more information about testing – as well as an interactive map of testing sites run by Wake County’s community partners – visit