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If you’ve been joining the protests, you might want to get tested for the coronavirus. Here’s a list of public testing sites

Black Lives Matter protest in James City County Monday, June 1, 2020. (WYDaily/ Julia Marsigliano)
Black Lives Matter protest in James City County Monday, June 1, 2020. (WYDaily/ Julia Marsigliano)

State health officials are reiterating there are publicly-available COVID-19 tests in the state, and wants the public to know how to access those.

The nature of large protests means the virus may spread more easily, especially if protesters are not wearing masks.

The Virginia Department of Health has gotten in touch with local health districts where protests have occurred.

“We are encouraging those districts to share information with protesters about community testing events and pharmacy locations where COVID-19 tests are available,” health officials said in a news release.

Health officials suggests protesters wear masks, wash hands frequently, stay six feet apart from others in crowds, and, if symptoms appear, stay home and call their health care provider.

All Virginians may get tested if they experience symptoms of COVID-19 or if they believe they have been exposed to others with infections.

“We support the right to protest, and we also want people to be safe. People can have COVID-19 and not show symptoms or have only mild symptoms and unknowingly spread the virus to others. For some people, particularly those with underlying health conditions, the virus can be life-threatening. We urge people who have symptoms such as fever and cough to stay home and to get tested,” said Virginia State Health Commissioner Dr. M. Norman Oliver.

Access VDH’s online symptom checker, CovidCheck.

Find publicly-available tests here.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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