Drive-Through Coronavirus Testing Begins in America

March 16, 2020, 2:10 PM

There are now over seven states in the USA that are offering drive-through testing for coronavirus. Locations currently include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, New York, Texas, and Washington.

The Trump administration is looking to increase drive-through testing sites as it is a faster way of testing individuals and also limits exposure to healthcare workers. "We've been in discussions with pharmacies and retailers to make drive-through tests available in the critical locations identified by public-health officials," President Donald Trump said. "The goal is for individuals to be able to drive up and be swabbed without having to leave your car."

Pharmacies and retailers such as CVS, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart may begin working with the administration to offer these services in critical locations as recommended by public health officials.

How does drive-through coronavirus testing work?

A healthcare worker approaches the vehicle wearing protective gear. They check for temperature, breathing difficulties, and administer a swab test which gets sent to a nearby lab for testing.

Current drive-through testing areas include:

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Hartford, CT
  • Rochester, MN
  • New Rochelle, NY
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Seattle, WA
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