Delaware’s COVID-19 testing is moving away from mobile sites to fixed locations, officials announced.
“Delaware has one of the most effective COVID-19 testing programs in the country, and these updates to our statewide plan will make testing even more accessible for all Delawareans,” Gov. John Carney said Sept. 11. “The fact is, testing for COVID-19 is the best way to track the spread of this virus across our state and country. It’s also the way we contain potential outbreaks. Please consider getting a free test by visiting de.gov/gettested.”
Testing sites will be located in several areas throughout Delaware, and include eight drive-through Walgreens locations - five of them newly added - five state service center sites and six public health clinics. Testing services will be offered five to seven days per week, depending on the location, officials said. Registration varies by the venue, but Walgreens sites do not require advance registration. Individuals can register in advance for testing at the state service center locations at Delaware.curativeinc.com while appointments at public health clinics can be made by calling the listed phone numbers. The list of the new fixed testing site locations by county can be viewed here.
All testing is free of charge with results expected in 48 to 72 hours. Types of tests vary by location but include saliva-based tests and swabs that reach just inside the nostrils.
In addition to these state-supported fixed testing sites, COVID-19 testing continues to be available through most Delaware hospitals, private labs, primary care providers, some urgent care centers, and Federally Qualified Health Centers for vulnerable populations. The State of Delaware also expanded options for COVID-19 detection through an at-home testing; go to coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing/home-test-kit/ to learn more about at-home testing.
Testing, identifying positive cases, and making contact with close contacts of those individuals is crucial to help prevent further transmission in the community, said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director.
“We continue to see community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 throughout the state. That is why it is so important that consistent, stable testing availability continues to be available to Delawareans when and where they need it, regardless of symptoms or insurance,” Rattay said. “We will continue to encourage testing for individuals, especially those who have come in close contact with a positive case and those with frequent or high-risk contact with others.”