Dis-chem begin drive-through COVID-19 testing

Date:8 April 2020 Author: Leila Stein Tags:, ,

Dis-Chem have launched drive-through testing stations to help test for COVID-19, located in shopping centre parking lots across the country.

“It is imperative to ramp up testing capacity to ensure accurate tracking of outbreaks and transmission,” Dis-Chem said.

So far the country has conducted 58,098 tests, according to the Department of Health.

“At times like these, whatever support the private sector can give to government will be valuable – we are all fighting the same unseen enemy, so Dis-Chem will be playing a supportive role in working to alleviate some of the pressure by introducing a drive-through testing option,” Lizeth Kruger, head of Dis-Chem Clinics told Business Tech. 

Sites will operate from 9am to 4pm on weekdays and testing will be done with those sitting in their car.

All the staff will wear protective equipment including face screens, gloves, masks, protective gowns and disposal equipment.

“The testing process is simple – consumers will be directed to the entrance, then the registration point where completed NICD documentation by the patient will be handed over. After payment of R850, the test will be carried out. Results will be available from 24 to 48 hours after testing,” said Kruger.

Dis-chem has already opened sites at Centurion Mall, Olympus, Fourways Mall and Blu Bird Centre (Athol) and will include all testing sites in a list on its’ website.

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