Want to get a COVID test in Chatham? Here’s how.

Thanks for reading Chatham County’s leading news source! Making high quality community journalism isn’t free — please consider supporting our journalism by subscribing to the News + Record today.

Unlimited Digital Access: $3.99/month

Print + Digital: $5.99/month

Posted
Updated:

As COVID-19 case counts continue to increase in North Carolina after the holidays, many people may find themselves scrambling to find a testing site in Chatham County.

With several types of testing available to the public — ranging from at-home testing options to administered tests — here’s a list of locations in Chatham County offering free COVID tests. Some locations across the county offer both rapid and PCR testing; rapid testing offers results in 15 minutes but are not as accurate as the PCR tests, which come back with results in one to two days.

CHAPEL HILL, GOLDSTON AND MONCURE

• Avance Care - South Chapel Hill: This testing location at 98 Chapelton Court, Suite 310, in Chapel Hill offers testing daily from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Testing is free for insured individuals at this location, but uninsured are charged $160. All ages are able to be tested at Avance Care, and they offer both rapid and PCR tests. You can schedule an appointment by calling 919-590-9005.

• CVS Pharmacy: CVS Pharmacy — located at 11314 U.S. Hwy. 15-501 N. in Chapel Hill — offers COVID testing daily from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. This location offers free testing with insurance or with a federal program. While they don’t offer rapid testing, this CVS location does offer PCR testing. You can go to the CVS website to schedule your appointment online.

StarMed Healthcare - Goldston Town Hall: COVID testing is available at Goldston Town Hall, 40 Coral Ave. This location only tests on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. This location offers free rapid and PCR testing, regardless of insurance status. You can register for a COVID test at this location by going to the StarMed website.

• Moncure Community Health Center: Located at 7228 Moncure-Pittsboro Rd., this location offers testing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:20 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. It is free for everyone, regardless of insurance status. This location does not offer rapid testing, but does offer PCR tests. You can register for this testing location by calling 919-545-3452.

PITTSBORO

• Optum Health - Old Chatham County Agriculture Building: This testing location at 65 E. Chatham St. offers testing Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Testing is free for everyone, and this location offers PCR and rapid tests. You can register at the Optum website.

StarMed Healthcare - Central Carolina Community College Pittsboro campus: This location operates on Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. StarMed offers free rapid and PCR testing to everyone, regardless if they are insured or not. You can make your appointment at the StarMed website.

• Pine Ridge Urgent Care: This testing location offers both PCR and rapid COVID tests daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is free for those with insurance, but the uninsured will have to pay $180 for rapid tests and $220 for PCR tests. You can schedule an appointment by calling 919-542-4450.

• Walgreens Pharmacy: Walgreens offers both rapid and PCR testing daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is free to get tested at Walgreens, but the lab processing the COVID tests may bill insurance. You can call the Pittsboro Walgreens — located at 321 East St. — at 919-541-1661.

SILER CITY

• Optum Health - Chatham Hospital Medical Office Building: Free rapid and PCR testing is available at this location on 163 Medical Park Dr. The location is open Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can register to get tested at the Optum website.

• StarMed Healthcare - Central Carolina Community College Siler City campus: Free COVID testing is available at the CCCC campus in Siler City on Mondays from noon until 4 p.m. You can register for a test at the StarMed website.

• Central Piedmont Urgent Care: This location at 101 Walmart Supercenter offers rapid and PCR testing Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This location provides free testing with proof of insurance or proof of ID. You can call 919-663-3911 for pre-screening and scheduling an appointment.

• CVS Pharmacy: The CVS on 1506 E. 11th St. offers PCR testing daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. COVID testing at CVS is free with insurance or through federal programs. You can schedule an appointment by going to the CVS website.

• Walgreens Pharmacy: The Walgreens at 1523 E. 11th St. offers COVID testing daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both rapid tests and PCR tests are available at this location and are free. You can call 919-663-2040 to schedule an appointment.

Reporter Taylor Heeden can be reached at theeden@chathamnr.com.

Comments

No comments on this item Please log in to comment by clicking here