Tips For Drive Through COVID-19 Testing
If you think you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, then it is in your best interest to get a test completed to see if you have an active infection. However, you may have no idea how to go about the testing process. Keep reading to learn about some information about drive-through testing.
Schedule The Test
There are some medical facilities, like urgent care centers, that can take walk-ins for COVID-19 testing. However, the vast majority of testing facilities require an appointment. And, you will need to arrive at the testing center at your scheduled time or you may not be able to have the test completed.
There are a few different people that you can call to set up your appointment. You can contact your general physician who can write you a letter or note to indicate that they want you to be tested for the coronavirus. You will then contact your local health department who will schedule your appointment for the test at the closest testing center. In this situation, you will need to bring the letter with you and show it to the individual at the drive-through who is checking your personal information.
You can also contact your local or state health department directly. You will then be asked some questions about your potential exposure to the disease and about symptoms you may have developed at this point. Typically, your exposure to the illness will qualify you for a scheduled test. If you are not really sure if you have been exposed, symptoms will be used to make this determination.
Keep Up Your Windows
Since you may be potentially infected with COVID-19, you do not want to expose others. So, you will need to keep your windows up while in line to have your test completed. The only time that you will roll your window down is when you actually speak to the nurse and the sample is taken.
You will be able to follow signs that are held up by workers and military professionals along the driving path of the testing site. If someone needs to speak with you, they will do so through the closed window. Typically, you will need to show your license and other documents and you can place these items on your dashboard or up against your window when you are asked to do so.
To communicate effectively, you want to turn off your music and turn down the AC system so there is very little noise. Speak loudly as well if possible.
For more information on COVID-19 testing, reach out to a local medical health professional.