Montgomery Health Task Force warns that doordoor COVID-19 testing kits are a scam

The Montgomery County Public Health Task Force has received reports of individuals knocking on residents’ doors in the area, and offering to provide or sell COVID-19 testing kits and services.

The task force warns that these are a scam. They are not legitimate.

There are no authorized medical workers providing door-to-door testing services in the New River Health District (Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski countries, and the City of Radford).

The task force advises that if someone shows up at your home offering such a service, you should call local law enforcement immediately.

Montgomery County Public Health Task Force members include the New River Health District (Virginia Department of Health), area hospitals, the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg, Montgomery County, local law enforcement and first responder agencies, New River Valley Community Services and educational institutions.

The New River Health District operates a public health call center at 540-267-8240 to answer your questions about COVID-19 and other communicable illnesses. Operating hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. After hours, callers may leave a message and receive a return call

“We urge everyone to continue to practice easy and effective personal public health precautions,” said Dr. Charles Bissell, director of the New River Health District.. “These include hand and surface hygiene and social distancing. These are the most effective ways to minimize the spread of illness and keep yourself and those around you well.”