First drive-thru coronavirus testing facility in the U.S. opens in Seattle
In South Korea, officials have been able to test hundreds of people every day for coronavirus using fast food-style. Now, the technique is coming to Washington, which has the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the U.S.
The University of Washington Medical Center in North Seattle can currently test 40 to 50 people per day using the method, CBS affiliate KIRO reports. The testing site is only available to employees and students, but UW Medical plans to expand the program to first responders, employees at long-term care facilities and UW patients showing symptoms later this week.
“We need widespread testing right now,” Dr. Seth Cohen, Medical Director for Infection Prevention at UW Medicine, told KIRO.