Christiana Care’s Wilmington drive-thru tests 536 for coronavirus


ChristianaCare’s drive-thru testing for coronavirus cases screened 536 people on Friday.

The testing was done at no cost, with results available within two to five days.

The event did not require anyone to make an appointment or have a prescription.

“At ChristianaCare, we are committed to serving our community, guided by our values, love and excellence,” said Janice Nevin,  CEO of ChristianaCare. “We understand that we are in a rapidly evolving situation with the Coronavirus and our community is concerned. I am so proud of our exceptional caregivers, who stepped up to put this event together to meet the needs of both our caregivers and our community. It was a shining example of how we serve together, anticipate the needs of our community, and help with compassion and generosity.”

The tests were conducted from 10  1:15 p.m. by nurses at ChristianaCare. The event ended 45 minutes early due to heavy demand.

Several departments at ChristianaCare – including operations, supply chain, case management, facilities and transportation, pharmacy and laboratory services – partnered with ChristianaCare nursing and infection prevention teams to organize the event.

The Chase Center at the Riverfront in Wilmington provided the parking lot venue, and the Wilmington Police Department provided logistical support.

The tests took place at  601 S. Madison St., Wilmington, across from the Penn Cinema.

No decision has been made on whether other drive-through events will be held. 

The event was for people who have symptoms consistent with the coronavirus, which include flu-like symptoms including fever, cough or shortness of breath.

Testing was not recommended for people who have no symptoms. The tests will be provided at no charge. Test results will be available within two to five days.

This event aims  to protect the community, mitigate the spread of coronavirus, and reduce demands on emergency departments as Delaware experiences its first confirmed cases of coronavirus, ChristianaCare stated in a social media release.

Health officials want to see if “community spread” of the virus is taking place. Older cases have often involved travel from coronavirus hotspots.

Individuals who have severe symptoms should call their doctor, a release stated.

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