Drive-thru virus wraps up at Bishop Dwenger, more set for Public Safety Academy

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Kroger and the Allen County Department of Health wrapped up drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Bishop Dwenger High School but more will resume at a new location.

Testing at Bishop Dwenger took place Thursday and Friday. The first week of testing served 668 people in just two days. Six more dates for the testing have been scheduled for later this month on Fort Wayne’s south side.

Later this month the testing location will move to the Public Safety Academy/Ivy Tech South Campus located at 7602 Patriot Crossing. Testing will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on May 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29.

To participate, people will register at: http://krogerhealth.com/covidtesting.  The system’s virtual screening tool will determine eligibility based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plus recommendations from state and local specialists.

The drive-through testing location has a self-administered nasal swab that must be ordered and observed by a provider. Kroger determined this testing methodology is beneficial as it increases the number of tests that can be provided while conserving available personal protective equipment.

Those eligible can select an appointment time in their area. Then, registrants will receive an email confirmation with pre-appointment paperwork. Each patient should have a photo ID at the testing site and should leave car windows rolled up until a healthcare practitioner approaches the car and advises the patient when to roll down the window.

Results are expected within approximately 72 hours of testing.  The service is supported with laboratory services provided by eTrueNorth, a contractor of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Kroger Health expects hundreds more to seek testing this week. 

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