CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is reducing its community testing events for the coronavirus, Gov. Jim Justice said.
Justice said Thursday the decision was made because of the availability and convenience of home testing kits for COVID-19. The state has provided free community testing since the pandemic began in 2020.
People who have symptoms or who have been exposed to someone with the virus can still find testing sites in places such as pharmacies and participating health departments and medical centers.
“There are still plenty of places where you can access free testing. But, to be perfectly honest, what’s happening right now with our community testing events is that they’re set up all day, but maybe only two people get through,” Justice said. “We’re just spending money that could be better spent elsewhere right now. That said, if things get worse, we’ll be back there.
The state has a map of testing sites available on the Department of Health and Human Resources website.