As the number of COVID-19 cases skyrocket around the country, the state of Delaware has released a easy-to-read list of community COVID-19 pop-up an drive-thru testing sites for the week.
While New Castle County and the city of Wilmington have been releasing similar lists for months, the state has simply directed people to its testing website to find information.
This week’s release breaks down testing sites by county.
“We know the pandemic will get more challenging as we head into fall and winter,” said Jonathan Starkey, spokesman for Gov. John Carney. “We’re already seeing that in other parts of the country.
“We’ve said all along that testing is the best way to monitor the spread of the disease and control potential outbreaks. That’s why we’re encouraging Delawareans statewide to consider getting a test — whether they have symptoms or not.”
For weeks the state has been increasing testing in areas where the numbers of cases rise suddenly. Identifying people who are positive and contacting anyone they may have been in touch with, urging them to be tested and to quarantine themselves, helps break the chain of infections.
The Newark area in particular was an area of concern since University of Delaware students returned for fall semester. However, the school, city and state have been able to successfully work together to curb transmission.
Last week, UD president Dennis Assanis said that the university plans to ramp up random surveillance testing on the campus from 1,000 people a week to 4,000 a week.
New Castle County
New Castle County, which has had 12,776 positive cases since the state began counting, the most of the three counties, will have eight pop-up testing sites around the area before Oct 31:
- Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Pulaski School (1300 Cedar Street, Wilmington, DE 19805)
- Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Frawley Stadium (801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE 19801)
- Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Warner Elementary (801 W. 18th Street, Wilmington, DE 19802)
- Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Brandywine High School (1400 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803)
- Thursday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Hudson SSC (501 Ogletown Road, Newark, DE 19711)
- Friday, Oct. 30 from 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Wilmington University Brandywine Campus (10 Beaver Valley Road, Wilmington, DE 19803)
- Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Claymont Elementary (3401 Green Street, Claymont, DE 19703)
- Saturday, Oct.r 31 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: People’s Settlement Association (408 East 8th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801)
Kent County, which has had so far only 3,447 cases, and the least amount of hot spot areas out of the three counties, will have five pop up testing sites before Oct 30:
- Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Mount Enon Baptist Church (600 N Church Street, Milford, DE 19963)
- Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: New Beginnings AME (99 Jackson Street, Frederica, DE 19946)
- Thursday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Woodbridge Early Childhood Education Center (400 Governors Ave, Greenwood, DE 19950)
- Friday, Oct. 30 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Harrington Casino (18500 S Dupont Hwy, Harrington, DE 19952)
Sussex county, which has had the second greatest number of cases at 7,854 will also have four testing sites before Oct. 30
- Monday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Selbyville Fire Co. (30 N Main Street, Selbyville, DE 19975)
- Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Delmar Town Hall (12 E State Street, Delmar, MD 21875)
- Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Rehoboth City Hall (229 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971)
- Thursday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Delaware Technical Community College, Owens Campus (21179 College Drive, Georgetown, DE 19947)
- Friday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: La Red (300 High Street, Seaford, DE 19973)
Sussex County faced most of its troubles in the beginning of the pandemic when there were outbreaks across different chicken plants and bars reopened at the beach area as weather warmed up.
L:ast week, the state listed Felton, Frederica, Greenwood, Bridgeville, Seaford, Delmar, Milton and Selbyville are “areas of concern.” Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Division of Public Health, said the state is keeping an eye on those area because of higher numbers than expected in positive cases.
Here are graphics showing the state’s permanent testing sites in each county.