Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing Centre Labelled As ‘Absolutely Ridiculous’

A drive-thru coronavirus testing centre in Wales has been labelled as “absolutely ridiculous” by some locals after the centre popped up in the Rossett Clinic, Wrexham. 

Local residents have expressed concern about the centre’s proximity to a local school, according to Wales Online

The drive-thru aims to allow concerned members of the public to be tested without them having to leave their vehicles. 

In a letter sent to residents who live close to the venue, a spokesperson for the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said:

“We are writing to inform you that from Friday 6th March Rossett Clinic will be the site for delivering the community testing unit for coronavirus in the east area. 

“We would like to reassure you that using the site will not place you or the other residents in the area in any increased risk. 

“We will be using a drive-through model of testing which will require individuals who require a test to drive up to the clinic. 

“This will mean that the individuals will not exit their cars, and the risk of virus spread will be damaged. 

“You may see individuals wearing protective clothing.

“This is due to them being in direct contact with the individual. 

“All protective clothing and equipment will be removed from the site on a daily basis by courier and the premises will be thoroughly cleaned in line with infection control standards. 

“If you have any cncerns, please contact Public Health Wales for information and guidance. 

The Department of Health and Social Care has today (Saturday 7th March) confirmed that a total of 21,460 people have been tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) and that 206 people have tested positive. 

Since the 3rd March, the amount of confirmed cases of coronavirus has quadrupled from 51 (3rd March) to 206 (7th March) according to the data released by the Department of Health and Social Care. 

People are being advised to wash their hands thoroughly regularly and always to wash their hands before they touch their mouth, nose or eyes. 

The advice being given by the DHSC is to maintain high levels of hygiene to try and help slow down the spread of the virus. 

For more information, visit the DHSC’s Twitter feed @DHSCgovuk. 

What do you think about drive-thru testing hubs? Are they a ‘good’ idea? Let us know what you think in the comments below. 

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