DOVER — The state’s COVID-19 testing partner Curative Inc. has decided not to renew its testing contract when it ends in the next two weeks.
As a result, Wednesday, Dec. 28 will be the last day for Curative test site collection.
Other Curative sites, such as the one located at the University of Delaware, have already closed, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health. The last day for Curative testing at Delaware State Service Centers will be Friday.
Delawareans can still search the state’s online testing locator for other available testing locations such as pharmacies, Federally Qualified Health Centers or provider offices.
Most of these testing sites will require a person to show their insurance card. Those without insurance will be charged. Often, medically necessary tests will be no charge, but non-medically necessary testing could cost $130 or more for people who are uninsured. The division said individuals should contact the site in advance to confirm insurance requirements.
Those who are uninsured and underinsured can visit a Public Health Clinic for free testing — located in Milford, Seaford, Georgetown, Frankford, Wilmington and Newark.
The White House recently announced it is making up to four free at-home tests per household available on Covidtest.gov where tests will be mailed after registration.
The state reminded Delawareans to not go to a hospital Emergency Department just for a COVID-19 test. It said hospitals are managing heavy volumes of patient visits for influenza and other respiratory viruses and a COVID-test is not considered an emergency.
“We greatly appreciate the incredible support and service that Curative has provided to the residents of Delaware throughout the pandemic,” Public Health interim director Dr. Rick Hong said in a statement. “We recognize that some people may be concerned about this change, but we want to reassure Delawareans that there remains ample access to COVID-19 testing in the state. DPH will continue to support federal programs that facilitate testing and treatments, continue to offer free testing at public health clinics, and inform the public about how to obtain at-home test kits, in most cases, for free. Testing remains a critical tool for detecting COVID-19 in patients, leading to faster treatment. Through our community partners we will continue to meet public health needs. Getting vaccinated is still the most effective way to help protect yourself against severe COVID-19 illness and death, and we encourage Delawareans to speak with their health care provider to discuss available options.”