The State of Delaware of Delaware is shifting to fixed sites for coronavirus testing that include state service centers.
The change is designed to expand access to free Coivd-19 tets statewide and providing consistent options for Delawareans seeking a test, a release stated. The change becomes effective on Monday.
The state has sometimes seen fewer-than-expected people show up at the mobile sites that were often placed in areas where an uptick in Covid-19 cases was detected. In some cases, the placement was the result of New Castle County’s program that detects past cases through an analysis of sewage.
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Testing sites will be located in several areas throughout Delaware, and include eight drive-through Walgreens locations (five newly added), five State Service Center sites; and six Public Health clinics. Testing services will be offered five to seven days per week, depending on the location.
“Delaware has one of the most effective COVID-19 testing programs in the country, and these updates to our statewide plan will make testing even more accessible for all Delawareans,” said Gov. John Carney. “The fact is, testing for Covid-19 is the best way to track the spread of this virus across our state and country. It’s also the way we contain potential outbreaks. Please consider getting a free test by visiting de.gov/gettested.”
“We are committed to providing easy access to testing for all,” saidA.J. Schall, director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency. “This move provides consistent sites across the state, expanded hours, and an in-home option to make sure everyone has access to testing.”
Testing, identifying positive cases, and making contact with close contacts of those individuals is crucial to help prevent further transmission in the community.
“We continue to see community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 throughout the state. That is why it is so important that consistent, stable testing availability continues to be available to Delawareans when and where they need it, regardless of symptoms or insurance,” saidDr. Karyl Rattay, Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health. “We will continue to encourage testing for individuals, especially those who have come in close contact with a positive case and those with frequent or high-risk contact with others.”
The full list of testing locations, hours, and registration options will continue to be available on Delaware’s COVID-19 website atde.gov/gettested.
On Friday, the University of Delaware indicated it had no plans for mass testing through mobile or fixed sites, despite an uptick of positive cases as students return to campus.
A dashboard from UD indicates about one percent of staff and students have tested positive, well below the state’s five percent rate.
No clusters of cases have been reported from large parties. The Newark City Council passed restrictions on the size of gatherings and UD warned that students faced disciplinary action if cited by police.
Registration varies by the venue, but Walgreens sites do not require advanced registration. Individuals can register in advance for testing at the State Service Center locations at Delaware.curativeinc.com while appointments at Public Health clinics can be made by calling the listed phone numbers.The list of the new fixed testing site locations by county can be viewed here.
All testing is free of charge with results expected in 48-72 hours. Types of tests vary by location but include saliva-based tests and swabs that swab just inside the nostrils. The more invasive swab test has become rarer.
In addition to these state-supported fixed testing sites, testing continues to be available through most Delaware hospitals, private labs, primary care providers, some urgent care centers, and Federally Qualified Health Centers for vulnerable populations.The State of Delaware also expanded options for COVID-19 detection through an at-home testing. Click here to learn more about the at-home testing option.
Questions can also be submitted by email atDPHCall@delaware.gov.
Individuals can report a business for COVID-19 non-compliance usingthis form. Serious violations can be reported to law enforcement through non-emergency numbers.