NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford HealthCare is trying to stop the spread of the coronavirus by offering drive-thru testing from your car.
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People who think they may have the virus should not go to the hospital right away. Instead, patients should go to one of several drive-up test sites being set up.
“The test is usually a swab in the nose and mouth, it is a sample, and then you drive off,” officials said. “You don’t have to step out of the car, you stay in the car.”
There is no paperwork to sign; you simply have to show your ID and open your mouth.
Drive-thru testing has been on the drawing board and planned out by Hartford HealthCare for a long time, so they were able to put it into action almost immediately.
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I think it can be done very seamlessly very warmly and safely, it’s meant to give patients comfort as they work through this process.– Jeffrey Flanks/CEO Hartford HealthCare
The healthcare company also has a call center – 211 – you can call with coronavirus inquiries, describe your symptoms, they ask you some questions, then they put you through to a doctor. They do a little teleconference, find out more about it, and then you do the drive-up testing.
They can send you right there; you don’t even have to come in contact with the person. You get in your car and go to a location to be tested.
If you are positive they will get you to treatment. All this in hopes of slowing community spread.
And don’t be alarmed if you see people in gowns and masks and gloves; that is standard procedure. They emphasize this is the fastest, safest way to take a sample.
Everyone wants to know when, where, how many. They already have one drive-up clinic partially open; they are going to make several trial-runs before opening to the public, but they know it will be soon.