The facilities will help limit potential COVID-19 exposure to others in hospital while also expediting the testing process.
After pre-screening to determine if individuals meet the criteria to be tested — which usually requires a physician’s referral — patients show up at a scheduled time to answer a series of health questions and undergo a quick nasal swab from the comfort and safety of their own vehicles.
Results are then sent to them via phone or email, allowing people to return home to self-quarantine.
Many hospitals nationwide are also running stand-alone coronavirus testing centres to isolate potential COVID-19 patients from others seeking medical treatment in emergency rooms and doctor’s offices.
The COVID-19 Community Assessment Centre at Toronto’s Michael Garron Hospital may is one of the locations that may soon see a drive-thru component.
As the supply of nasal swab kits remains tight amid high global demand, it is important that these clinics remain appointment-only and are reserved only for probable, at-risk cases that require testing.
The number of such drive-thru operations will depend on the extent to which drastically increased and faster testing becomes necessary in Canada.