More than 1K tested for COVID-19 in Newark, Delaware free event

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Thursday, November 19, 2020
Free rapid COVID-19 tests bring hundreds to Newark, Delaware
Free rapid COVID-19 tests brought hundreds of people to Newark, Delaware.

NEWARK, Delaware (WPVI) -- Roughly 1,300 asymptomatic people were tested in a 48-hour continuous, free rapid COVID-19 testing event in Newark, Delaware.

Staff members at Newark Urgent Care Center reported about 10% tested positive.

"The individuals that are planning Thanksgiving activities next week, now they know," said Administrator Rob Lynn.

The line never let up and included students at nearby University of Delaware, who are about to go home for the holiday.

"It's been pretty extraordinary, and I think it really demonstrates the need," Lynn explained of the turnout.

It was like election night. As long as you were in line by 10 a.m., you could still get a nasal swab.

This event for asymptomatic people was organized by Newark Urgent Care in conjunction with the Delaware Department of Public Health and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.

"These are all people- as you said-have no symptoms and came here to be tested probably thinking they weren't going to be positive, but one in ten unfortunately are," Lynn said.

As COVID cases are on the rise, and while doctors urge access to testing is important, they say it is also important to continue to follow state restrictions and guidance.

"Please don't use testing as a reason for ignoring the recommendations," stated Dr. Billy Oglesby of Thomas Jefferson University Health.


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