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Delaware to start COVID-19 testing at fixed sites throughout the state

Jeff Neiburg
Delaware News Journal

Delaware will shift its coronavirus testing program from mobile to fixed sites beginning Monday, the state announced in a Friday evening press release.

Officials say fixed testing sites will expand testing opportunities and provide more testing locations across the state. 

The permanent testing sites throughout the state include eight drive-thru Walgreens locations, five service center sites and six public health clinics. Depending on location, testing services will be offered five to seven days per week.

The full list of testing options will continue to be available on Delaware’s COVID-19 website at de.gov/gettested.

All testing is free of charge with results expected in 48-72 hours, the state said. Walgreens locations in Delaware have previously experienced delays in results, with some taking up to five days or longer. 

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The types of tests at these fixed sites vary by location but include saliva-based tests and nasal swabs.

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. Larger commercial labs, used more commonly by hospitals and outpatient care centers, were experiencing delays as of last month.

State officials are urging those who attended a rodeo event in Bridgeville last Sunday to get tested. The Walgreens on Commercial Centre Drive in Bridgeville has testing available.

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The seven-day average for the percentage of people who tested positive for COVID-19 increased from 4.6% to 5.8% from Sept. 3 to this past Thursday. On Thursday, the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 was 66, the highest number since late July. Sixteen of those hospitalized were in critical condition.

“We continue to see community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 throughout the state," Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Delaware Division of Public Health, said in a press release. "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."

The state reported seven additional deaths since last week, bringing the total to 613.

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Contact Jeff Neiburg at jneiburg@delawareonline.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jeff_Neiburg.