Testing

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing

Wake County is now conducting drive-thru COVID-19 testing at numerous locations. Some sites have been operating for months, others are moving every week as we try to reach communities throughout the county. This free service provides an easy and efficient way for residents to learn if they have the virus.

There is no cost, no appointment necessary and you don’t need to bring an ID. Walk-ups are welcome at all of our drive-thru testing sites! Use the arrows to scroll through upcoming dates.

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April 22, 2021
Today
April 22, 2021
April 22, 20217:00 am / 7:00 pm

Swinburne Parking Lot Drive-thru Testing


2845 Kidd Road, Raleigh 27610

7 a.m.–7 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Testing at the Sunnybrook parking deck has MOVED to the Swinburne parking lot…less than a mile away.

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April 22, 20217:00 am / 2:00 pm

Radeas Labs Drive-thru Testing


April 22, 20217:00 am / 7:00 pm

Vision Church RDU Parking Lot Drive-Thru Testing


April 22, 20218:30 am / 5:00 pm

Zebulon Community Park


April 22, 20218:30 am / 3:00 pm

Sanderford Road Park


April 22, 20218:30 am / 3:00 pm

Carolina Pines


April 22, 20218:30 am / 3:00 pm

White Deer Park


The following locations are also available for testing:

Advance Community Health

Multiple times and locations with NO appointments necessary!

NeighborHealth Center

Multiple times and locations with NO appointment necessary!

  • As more locations are confirmed, we’ll share them here. You can also visit testing sites available by using the test-site finder below.

Wake County continues to offer more free testing locations throughout the community with expanded hours. We’re working hard to bring testing into communities with a concentration of historically marginalized populations, communities where we’re seeing under-testing and to areas where many may not have transportation. Since new locations are always being added and changed to reach as many areas as possible, it’s best to check wakegov.com/testing to find the latest locations and hours. You’ll be able to find the testing that open today closest to you.

COVID-19 testing is open to anyone who would like to be tested. We especially encourage you to be tested if you fall into any of the following categories:

  • Have COVID-like symptoms – fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, loss of smell;
  • Have been in close contact with a known positive case of COVID-19;
  • Are a healthcare worker or first responder;
  • Work in high-risk settings like long-term care facilities, correctional facilities and homeless shelters;
  • Are 65 years old or older;
  • Have underlying health conditions;
  • Are a member of a vulnerable or historically marginalized population;
  • Are a frontline worker in a setting where social distancing is difficult; or
  • Have attended protests, rallies or other mass gatherings.
  • Children under the age of 18 who fall into one of the categories above maybe be tested if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Right now, we are not requiring an appointment at any of our free drive-thru testing websites. You don’t need insurance and you don’t have to bring an ID. There are some locations that request you to pre-register online so that the everyone can move more quickly through the testing process on site. Go to wakegov.com/testing to find out where we’re testing today.

We’ve made testing easier than ever – you do NOT need an ID or insurance. There is no cost to take the test.

We welcome anyone to walk up to our drive-thru testing locations. You do not need a car to be tested.

Our testing is a completely NO-touch process. You will drive to the testing tent and remain in your car with your window up.

Testing staff will ask you to use your smartphone to scan a code that will take you to a website where you enter information like your name, email and phone number so that you can be contacted with your results. Staff will hand you a self-administered COVID-19 test, and you’ll use it to swab the inside of your nostrils. You’ll place the swab in a test tube, place the test tube in a bag and hand the bag back.

There should be virtually no contact between the test taker and the test administrator and there entire process should only take minutes

Results are coming back in 24–48 hours.

If you came to the testing site feeling any COVID-19 symptoms – or came into close-contact with someone who has tested positive – you should return home after the test and self-isolate until you receive your results.

Per CDC guidelines, if your test comes back positive and you had symptoms, you should stay home and isolate (avoid anyone in your household) until you can say yes to all three questions:

  • Has it been at least 10 days since you first had symptoms? AND
  • Has it been 24 hours since you last had a fever without using fever-reducing medicine? AND
  • Have your symptoms, such as coughing and shortness of breath, improved?

Learn more about the steps you should take after you've been tested.

Per CDC guidelines, if your test comes back positive and you did not have symptoms, you should stay home and isolate (avoid anyone in your household) until 10 days have passed since the date of your first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming you did not develop symptoms since your positive test.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, the local health department or another member of the COVID-19 Community Team will call to ensure you have the information and support you need, such as tips for staying at home and monitoring symptoms.

To protect your family and friends and slow the spread of the virus, the COVID-19 Community Team member will also ask you who you have recently been near. The COVID-19 Community Team will reach out to anyone who has been near the person who has tested positive to share information and support, as well as help them get tested. The team will not share your name or personal  information. This information is confidential and will remain private.

If you were tested because you have symptoms, you should stay home until you have no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines, and you have felt well for at least 24 hours.

If you were tested because of a known contact to someone with COVID-19, you should follow the quarantine guidance (stay home and avoid contact with other members of your household) until 14 days after your last exposure.

If you were tested for another reason and have no symptoms, you can resume your regular activities.

Learn more about the steps you should take if your test was negative.

People should continue to practice the 3 Ws (wear, wait, and wash) whenever they leave home. Wearing a cloth face covering if someone will be with other people, waiting 6 feet apart, and washing their hands often can help protect themselves and their loved ones.

You can call Wake County’s COVID-19 hotline at 919-250-1500 or email [email protected].