WILMINGTON — A mass COVID-19 testing site will open Monday at the Delaware City Division of Motor Vehicles, the state announced Friday.
The free testing site will remain open until Monday, Feb. 7. It will operate six days a week on evenings and weekends, closing on Wednesdays when DMV has regular evening business hours.
The site will be run through a partnership between the Delaware Division of Public Health, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
For Monday’s first day of operations, appointments will be available between 2-8 p.m. Following the first day of testing, appointments will be available from 5:30-11:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays. The DMV is located at 2101 Mid County Drive in New Castle.
Individuals will be tested with a PCR shallow nasal swab and results are expected to be returned in 48 to 72 hours. Appointments will be required.
To make an appointment, individuals must register on FEMA contractor eTrueNorth’s COVID-19 testing website at www.ineedacovid19test.com. Each individual being tested must create an account. After completing the initial screening questionnaire, users will schedule an appointment. A confirmation voucher will be provided and should be brought to the testing site. Testing is free and is available for all ages.
Registrants will use their username and password to access test results when they are available. Those who have questions or need assistance with registering for an appointment can email COVID19@eTrueNorth.com or call 1-800-635-8611.
The state said the mass testing site is a necessary response to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases largely fueled by the omicron variant, which has resulted in unprecedented demand for testing.
Testing demand statewide has nearly tripled since the week before Thanksgiving, with 23,000 tests administered the week prior to Thanksgiving, and 61,000 tests administered last week. The highest demand has been centralized in New Castle County.
“The demand for testing is at an all-time high and our resources are strained,” DPH director Dr. Karyl Rattay said in a statement. “Having this site will serve as a relief valve for our testing partners, particularly in New Castle County. We appreciate the assistance from our federal partners and the testing staff coming to provide Delawareans with another testing option for the next several weeks to help get us through this surge.”
For those unable to access the site due to transportation or other barriers, the state encourages them to take advantage of the hundreds of testing sites statewide and at-home test options, which can be found here.