There's A Coronavirus Test Drive-Thru In BC & You Don't Have To Leave Your Car
The referral-only drive-thru is open!
Novel coronavirus is spreading through the province, but officials are reacting just as quickly. B.C. just got a drive-thru COVID-19 clinic in Victoria, and they're planning on opening more throughout Vancouver Island. However, it's also referral only, so you can't just drop in to get tested, but it's still remarkable that you don't even need to leave the car.
CTV News reported on Monday, March 16, that there were lines of cars were already lining up to get tested.
Past the privacy fences around the site, they said that nurses in full gowns and facemasks attended to people, some reaching through driver-side windows to give oral swabs.
Security guards milled around the scene. Some people were asked to step inside the clinic while others remained in their cars the whole time.
In a media release by Island Health, they say you can only go to the clinic if you already have a referral, either from your primary care physician or a nurse from B.C.'s 8-1-1 line.
"It is important that people do not call or attend the screening clinic unless referred," reads the release.
If they find you need follow-up on symptoms, you'll be asked to call the drive-through. There, a nurse will screen you more over the phone; if they think you need to drop by, they'll make you an appointment.
Island Health is also working to open more clinics throughout the island, in regions like Nanaimo, Campbell River and the Comox Valley.
The clinic was started to help with the growing number of COVID-19 cases. On Monday, March 16, there werein B.C. Seven were in the Island Health region.
In their release, Island Health said to reach out to your doctor or Healthlink B.C. if you experience symptoms like "new fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing."
The province has been taking aggressive steps in combatting the virus; recently, theyfor kids indefinitely across B.C.
The province is urging locals to practice social distancing to curb the spread of the virus.
Some experts have said it could spread toof people if it isn't contained properly, so this is definitely worth being cautious about.
*Cover photo used for illustrative purposes only.