As coronavirus cases in Delaware continue to surge, multiple medical groups are making testing more widely available.
On Tuesday, despite the pouring rain, ChristianaCare offered another drive-thru and walk-in testing at P.S. du Pont Middle School in Wilmington.
About half an hour into the event, it appeared to be temporarily halted, as a downpour forced health care workers to pack up the mobile testing van while cars waited to pull up. At the time, the site had not drawn a long line of cars the way a previous Wilmington testing site did at the Riverfront, but a steady stream drove into the parking lot and a handful of older residents walked into the parking lot wearing masks.
A flyer distributed by ChristianaCare advised residents with coughing, fever and shortness of breath to get tested at the free screening. Residents were instructed to bring their IDs.
Terri Corbo, senior vice president for clinical essential services for ChristianaCare, said the health care provider was prepared to test “several hundred” people, depending on the weather and attendees’ answers to the pre-test screening questions to determine whether they showed symptoms.
The free testing site was set up to provide screenings specifically for people who do not have access to a primary care doctor or cannot afford health care.
Corbo said the hospital wanted to ensure Wilmington residents were targeted for testing because the area is highly populated.
A second testing opportunity will be offered Thursday at Henrietta Johnson Medical Center in Wilmington. Those who think they may have the coronavirus or may have already had it can get tested between 1 and 3 p.m. in the center's parking lot at 601 New Castle Ave.
No appointments are necessary, according to the medical center's flyer, and tests will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Latin American Community Center on North Harrison Street is also offering free care and possible COVID-19 testing through a virtual clinic on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Those who are experiencing symptoms can call and speak to a nurse or doctor directly after scheduling an appointment. To contact the center, call (302) 320-6439.
Testing for COVID-19 in Delaware remains relatively limited to those exhibiting symptoms of the virus. Most people who want testing need a doctor's order to receive the test due to limited supplies.
The last time ChristianaCare offered a drive-thru clinic, health care workers down at the Riverfront in Wilmington tested more than 500 people as the epidemic began ramping up here in Delaware.