Hempstead County to Open Temporary Testing Site for COVID-19

Hempstead County will open a temporary drive-through testing site for county residents on Friday, April 3 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm to test for COVID-19 (corona virus) in collaboration with NS Genomics Lab out of Little Rock. The temporary testing site will be located at U of A Community College of Hope.

Limited testing will be conducted at the site for individuals who meet one of the testing criteria listed below:

Any of the following symptoms:

  • Acute onset of fever/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of breath or lower respiratory symptoms


Any of the following exposure risks:

  • Close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or suspected (in quarantine or testing in process)
  • Travel to a country where COVID-19 is endemic (All of Europe, South Korea, China, Italy, Iran)
  • Exposure in a community or facility where there is ongoing widespread transmission (such as dorm, day care, school, or other institution or community setting)

All patients must bring a valid ID and their Health Insurance Card. There will be no out-of-pocket expense for testing.

All tests will be allocated to those who meet the criteria listed above. Members of the community who do not meet the above criteria will not be tested at the temporary testing site.

Individuals who qualify for testing will be required to remain in their vehicles from the moment they enter the testing site until they leave the property. There could be a potential wait time in the testing line, so personal needs such as bathrooms, food and drinks will need to be taken care of before arriving.

Other members of the public who are not experiencing symptoms and have not been exposed should take protective measures to prevent the spread of the disease. The measures include social distancing measures and everyday precautions like frequent hand washing and avoiding contact with sick people.

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