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Drive-through COVID-19 testing ramping up nationwide

Rik Walters

Public and private sectors are working together to mobilize massive effort to battle coronavirus pandemic

Across the nation, the majority of emergency medical services (EMS) organizations have engaged in community-wide efforts to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The President has declared a national emergency stating, “We are announcing a new partnership with the private sector to vastly increase and accelerate our capacity to test for the coronavirus.”

In the coming weeks, WalgreensCVS HealthWalmart and Target said they will start providing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing in their parking lots. As more and more drive-through COVID-19 testing sites pop up across the United States, it is still a challenge for the federal, state, and local governments to organize this incredible challenge.

In a Reuters post this week, Admiral Brett Giroir of the U.S. Public Health Commission told reporters in Washington that drive-through test centers were “blossoming all over the country.”

The U.S. Public Health Commission stated that it is pushing equipment to 47 centers in over a dozen states after a trial run this week with public health staff in protective gear. About 140 U.S. public health staff will be deployed to the sites along with state health workers.

While states and FEMA are writing more specific directives, further guidance to support communities in prevention, response, and recovery is in the final stages, including fiscal support. Local emergency response teams can obtain economic support through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMAPublic Assistance Grant Program.

Are you deciding whether to visit a drive-through COVID-19 testing site? Here’s a step-by-step look at what to expect when you get there from USA Today.

How long should you expect to wait for test results? Anywhere from 24-48 hours; however, there are new tests in development that could speed this up to 15 minutes.

See below for essential links to federal government agencies and a list of current U.S. cities, counties, and states where drive-through COVID-19 testing is available. (As this is a very dynamic situation, information may change.).

See The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America

Federal Agency Emergency Response Network Links:

States with Drive-Through Sites (as of 3/21):

International Drive-Through Sites:

State Departments of Public Health for All 50 States

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