ChristianaCare conducted a mobile testing site in the City of Wilmington on Tuesday, April 21 at P.S. DuPont Middle School and in Georgetown on Wednesday, April 22 at Delaware Technical Community College.
The two sites provided 618 tests combined at no cost to residents of those communities.
The drive-through and walk-up events did not require an appointment or a prescription. Turnaround time for test results is 3-4 days with individuals notified of their results by phone. Results also will be reported to the Delaware Division of Public Health.
“Throughout this pandemic, we have mobilized our caregivers and resources to identify and address the needs in all of the communities we serve,” said Sharon Kurfuerst, chief operating officer at ChristianaCare. “These mobile testing sites enable us to reach our neighbors who may not have a primary care provider or easy access to other testing locations, especially in Sussex County where there has been a significant surge in COVID-19 cases.”
ChristianaCare held Delaware’s first drive-through testing event at the Wilmington Riverfront on March 13 which provided 536 tests.
The event did attract out of state residents seeking tests and the health care system refined the process and limited publicity to targeted areas.
ChristianaCare’s testing strategy has evolved to include two stationary testing sites at the HealthCare Center of Christiana in Newark and the Roxana Cannon Arsht SurgiCenter in Wilmington, as well as the mobile testing team.
In most cases, a doctor’s order is required for testing.