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Drive-through virus testing so popular they had to shut it down

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    Colorado’s new drive-through coronavirus-testing station in Denver made its debut Wednesday and was quickly overwhelmed. At one point Thursday, the line of cars with passengers waiting to be swabbed was almost four hours long, until the state cut off the service for the day.


    This week, a handful of states are deploying their own drive-through operations. New York opened its first Friday in New Rochelle, the epicenter of its outbreak. New Hampshire set up an operation this week.


    The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and the M Health Fairview system in Minneapolis both launched free drive-through testing Thursday. UW Medicine in Seattle has been using it for staff and University of Washington faculty since March 6, and is planning to expand it to patients.

    A hospital in the Chicago suburb of Barrington is setting up operations in its emergency room driveway. Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare chain is considering testing stations in some of its hospital parking lots, according to the Modern Healthcare journal.


    The drive-through operations typically require people to either participate in phone or online pre-screening or be referred by a physician: The Mayo Clinic tells people where the testing is being done only after determining that someone in fact should get a test. Colorado requires people to bring a note from a doctor. Those tested then are advised to quarantine themselves while waiting for results.

    Colorado warned drivers that they couldn’t exit their cars while in line, and advised them to bring food and water in anticipation of a wait.

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