Based on recommendations issued by the NC Department of Health & Human Services, most people do not need testing for COVID‐19. When you leave your home to get tested, you could expose yourself to COVID‐19 if you do not already have it. If you do have COVID‐19, you can give it to someone else, including people who are high risk.

If you are sick and unsure if you should get tested, please call your healthcare provider. You can also connect with a RelyMD provider online at on your computer or mobile device. $49 with coupon code: BEWELLARHS. RelyMD is a safe, convenient, and cost-effective option for your provider visit, so that you can avoid unnecessary hospital or clinic visits.

Call 911 if you are experiencing difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in chest, confusion or disorientation, or bluish lips or face.

In order to be tested for COVID-19, patients must first have a referral from a provider. This service offers a provider visit and screening at a lower cost than traditional office visits, urgent care, or hospital emergency room.

1. Connect with RelyMD online at on your computer or mobile device.

Please use Coupon Code: BEWELLARHS for your $49 visit. Your initial screening will be with a board-certified physician who will determine if your symptoms require you to be tested.

2. If the RelyMD physician determines that you meet the criteria for testing, he/she will help you make your appointment at a testing location in Watauga or Avery County.

Go to the testing location at your appointed time. Please DO NOT travel to the testing location without an appointment.

Once you arrive, a staff member will meet you curbside at your vehicle and administer the tests — no need to get out of your car. Your test will be sent to a lab for confirmation. You’ll be instructed to self-quarantine until your test results are returned.

3. If your test is positive for COVID-19, you will need to be isolated for 14 days.

The testing facility will provide education for you and your family whether you test positive for the virus or not. Follow these guidelines from the NC Department of Health and Human Services if you are sick. 

By using this simple screening and testing process, we can screen you as quickly as possible while keeping our community safe and healthy. Thank you for helping to stop the spread of the virus.