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UCR Health’s COVID-19 Testing Site Welcomed Its First Patients

On September 9th and 10th, UCR Health opened UCR’s Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site located on campus and collected samples from approximately 70 UCR staff and faculty. The testing site was located in lot 25 at UCR’s Student Recreation Center where UCR staff and faculty were asked to make an appointment prior to arriving for their test. 

Each vehicle was greeted at the entrance by a UCR Health medical assistant to check-in, then directed to a testing station. Next, a new UCR Health medical assistant approached the vehicle and handed the patient an information sheet about the test and a pipette to self-collect the saliva sample. Afterward, the pipette was sealed in a plastic bag and returned to the MA who then labeled it with their information. 

Medical assistant Gabby Medina with UCR Health receives a COVID-19 test kit from a patient after they took the test from their car on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

The collection process took an estimated 10 minutes per patient. The test is completely free of charge, requires no insurance, has a drive-through feature, and is appointment only for UCR staff and faculty.

WRITTEN BY: Darshi Vadher | CAP Marketing Intern

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