Delaware City motor vehicle center likely site for drive-thru Covid testing


Home tests an option for those seeing no openings

Delaware plans to beef up its Covid-19 testing system, with a drive-thru, with the likely site being the  Delaware City  Division of Motor Vehicles  center south of Bear-Glasgow.

State Emergency Director AJ Schall said at the Tuesday Covid-19 briefing that details of the drive-thru system are still being  worked out. The site would  open in  late afternoon and the evening when the DMV operations close.

DMV centers have been used in the past for Covid-19 testing and vaccinations. Staffing such sites is difficult  because many workers have returned to their health care jobs or are working at other testing or vaccination sites.


Federal staff have been requested to  assist  in testing.

Other testing options exist, according to Schall.

Due to the surge in Covid-19 cases, Delaware is now testing at a rate of 50,000 people a week, even with delays due to staff shortages and weather.

One option with room for growth  is the  home-based Vault system, which sends  a test kit to an individual, with a turnaround time of nine hours from the receipt of the test.

Click here to sign up. The state site does not rule out delays due to  demand.