The Sylva Herald

Testing and tracing are core public health measures and key components of North Carolina’s strategy to responsibly ease restrictions, while continuing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jackson County Department of Public Health has focused heavily on community education, outbreak investigation and contact tracing as key components in keeping Jackson County safe.

To add to these efforts, JCDPH will now be providing a weekly COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Clinic at its main location. The Drive Thru Testing Clinic will open on Tuesday, July 7, in the JCDPH parking lot (154 Medical Park Loop, Sylva). Testing will be provided in accordance with N.C. Department of Public Health guidelines and is available to:

• Individuals with symptoms.

• Other individuals without symptoms such as close contacts of positive cases; people who live in or have regular contact with high-risk settings (long-term care facilities, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, migrant farmworker camps, etc.); historically marginalized populations who may be at higher risk for exposure; frontline and essential workers (county employees, grocery store clerks, gas station attendants, childcare workers, construction sites, processing plants, etc.) in settings where social distancing is difficult; healthcare workers or first responders; people who are at high risk of severe illness; people who have attended protests, rallies or other mass gatherings.

Details on the Drive Thru Testing Clinic 

• Beginning July 7 the clinic will be open on Tuesdays weekly from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., weather permitting.

• Those being tested will be asked to wear a cloth face covering and stay in their cars for verification, ID check and testing.

• Appointments are required.

• People should wait 6-10 days after exposure to get tested.

Additional testing sites are available in Jackson and surrounding counties. For additional testing site options, visit Find My Testing Place at This website allows people to enter their county or zip code for a list of nearby testing site locations.

To make an appointment or for more information, call 586-8994.