Wilmington Health begins COVID-19 swab testing at open air sites

Wilmington Health begins COVID-19 swab testing at open air sites

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Wilmington Health has begun providing COVID-19 swab testing this week at two open air sites, the healthcare provider said Wednesday.

“We’ve done limited testing until now," said Jeff James, Wimington Health CEO. "The capabilities weren’t there but in the last few days, the testing capabilities have really ramped up and really want to make sure we can bring that to the community. We know that the availability of testing is one of the things that’s going to help us restart this economy when the timing is right.”

The two open air sites are located at 1802 S. 17th Street and 8108 Market Street and are open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there have been 85 tests conducted at the sites.

“Patients may call the COVID-19 Hotline at 910.341.3400 to receive a prescreening exam, telehealth visit with a provider, and arrange a time to arrive at one of the drive-through testing open air sites,” Wilmington Health said in a news release.

“Testing still is a little bit slow and we expect that the types of tests will improve as well as the timeline for getting the results back will dramatically improve over the course of the next few weeks, but we want to be able to provide the service to the community," said James.

Patients do not need to be established with a Wilmington Health provider to receive this service.

“COVID-19 testing remains a fluid situation and Wilmington Health is working hard to make testing more feasible,” according to Dr. Matthew Sincock, Wilmington Health Infectious Disease Expert. “As with all prior testing scenarios, test kits will be dispersed and possibly depleted at unpredictable rates. To ensure that we are able to test everyone that truly needs to be tested for the virus, we are asking everyone to go through a prescreening process.”

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