Norwalk Hospital introduces drive-thru coronavirus testing
NORWALK — Norwalk Hospital has joined a growing list of medical centers offering drive-thru coronavirus testing.
The hospital received approval from the state Department of Public Health to open a drive-thru collection site near the hospital at a parking lot at the intersection of Stevens Street and Elmcrest Terrace.
“We established the collection sites to reduce possible exposure to COVID-19 at our medical practices and hospitals, and to the residents in our communities,” said Amy Forni, spokesperson for Nuvance Health, which owns Norwalk and Danbury hospitals.
All patients require a physician’s order to take the test. Once patients have an order, physicians will give the patients a number to set up an appointment. All tests require an appointment.
When arriving at an appointment, all patients must have a government-issued ID, an insurance card (if you have one) and a prescription for the COVID-19 test.
There will only be two patients permitted per car.
“It’s important for you to stay in your vehicle,” the Nuvance Health website said.
All testing will be done from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
At the site, officials will collect a sample from patients, which will then be tested off-site. Results will not be immediately available.
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Norwalk and Danbury hospitals have also decided to postpone all “nonessential” surgeries, Forni said Thursday.
Effective Thursday, the hospitals have also banned visitors from their facilities, with a few exceptions. People in active labor are permitted one visitor; parents of children in the newborn intensive care unit patients are allowed; and visitors may be allowed to visit for other extenuating circumstances.
“As we navigate the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreaks in our communities, our clinical decisions are guided by what is best for our patients and their families, our staff members and our communities,” Forni said in a news release on Thursday.