COVID-19 diagnostic testing event set in Buxton

Published 10:54 am Monday, October 19, 2020

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Dare County is partnering with Mako Medical Laboratories out of Raleigh to host a diagnostic drive-through COVID-19 testing event in Dare County.

The event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 20 starting at 10:30 a.m. at Cape Hatteras Elementary located at 47500 Middle Ridge Rd in Buxton. Appointments are required. This event is open to permanent residents of Dare County, age 5 and older.

Individuals can register for an appointment for the diagnostic test, which determines if an individual currently has a COVID-19 infection.

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To schedule an appointment, call 252-475-5008. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants are required to send a photocopy of their government-issued identification card and insurance card prior to the event. (Email to

Individuals with insurance will not incur any out of pocket costs as the COVID-19 test is completely covered, no deductible and no co-pays. All insurances cover the COVID-19 diagnostic testing, including Medicaid and Medicare. Mako Medical Laboratories will use COVID-19 Relief Funds to cover costs of diagnostic testing for individuals who are uninsured. More information will be provided when individuals call to register for an appointment.

Dare County advises that individuals who participate in this testing event should understand they are coming to a community-based testing site located in a public location, therefore patient privacy cannot be assured. All results will, however, be confidential.

Dare County Department of Health & Human Services will receive test results from Mako Medical Laboratories and call individuals to provide them with their results within 72 hours of the event.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider. This testing event is only for asymptomatic individuals. For those entering the building for testing, event staffers will be providing temperature checks. For more information on testing locations in Dare County, visit