Mobile drive through Coronavirus test site

March 31, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Magen David Adom and Israel’s Ministry of Health will operate two mobile ” Drive Thru ” complexes which will reach cities and neighbourhoods throughout the country, and test residents as needed.

In addition to the four already established “Drive Thru” complexes,  the mobile complexes began operating in the Wadi Ara.

The initiative is part of the actions being taken to continue to increase the number of tests throughout Israel.

Each of the mobile “Drive Thru” complexes can simultaneously run two test lanes for those in private vehicles, sampling dozens of people an hour. Everywhere around the country the mobile complexes visit, they will be staffed with teams of Magen David Adom, members of the Israeli police and security guards to maintain public order, similar to the permanent complexes already operating in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Be’er Sheva.

MDA would like to emphasize that the test at the mobile ” Drive Thru ” complexes may only be completed after contacting Magen David Adom’s  101 Call Centre and receiving approval. Anyone approved by a doctor to be sampled will receive an SMS message with the details and will be asked to arrive at the location of the mobile complex during operating hours. As part of the sampling process, people must use their own private vehicle, data identification and verification will be carried out, followed by sampling by MDA paramedic in full protective gear. Throughout the process, the passenger will remain in his or her vehicle and then drive back directly home.

So far, 13,700 civilians have been sampled in the “Drive Thru” complexes and, in total, since the corona virus has spread worldwide, Magen David Adom’s paramedics have taken samples from 44,270 people nationwide.

MDA Director General Eli Bin said: “The goal is to reach every patient in quarantine who develops symptoms as quickly as possible and perform necessary tests to detect Corona patients, nationwide. We will continue to reach patients who will not be able to arrive in a private vehicle and sample them at home, safely and professionally. Magen David Adom will continue to do all it can to help fight the Coronavirus, for public health and saving lives in Israel “

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