First drive-thru coronavirus testing facility in the U.S. opens in Seattle – CBS News
Medical staff stands under heat lamps outside the tents as drivers pull up to be tested. The drive-thru method has proven to be more a more efficient testing method, in addition to limiting human interaction with potentially infected people, further preventing the spread of the virus.
During the drive-thru process, patients roll down their car windows and a medical professional wearing full protective gear swabs their nasal cavities. The samples are tested at the end of each day at a UW lab.
“What we’ve learned from viruses like SARS and other coronaviruses is they can really rapidly disseminate through a hospital and cripple a health care workforce,” Cohen told KIRO. “We’re trying to stay ahead of it and prevent that from happening.”