Delaware partners with FEMA to open COVID-19 testing center
DOVER, Del. – The Delaware Division of Public Health and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency has announced that the State of Delaware is partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to open a free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site.
We’re told the site will be open from January 17th through February 7th at the Delaware City Division of Motor Vehicles. The site will be open evenings and weekends six days per week, closing on Wednesdays when the DMV has regular evening business hours.
This announcement marks a necessary response to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases largely fueled by the Omicron variant, which has resulted in an unprecedented demand for COVID-19 testing. We’re told testing demand statewide has nearly tripled since the week before Thanksgiving, with 23,000 tests administered the week before Thanksgiving, and 61,000 tests administered last week.
FEMA has contracted with eTrueNorth to offer testing services that include evening hours and weekends. Individuals will be tested with a PCR shallow nasal swab and results are expected in 48 to 72 hours. Appointments will be required and can be made online. For the first day of operations, Monday, January 17th, appointments will be available from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. After that, appointments will be available from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.