The take a look at web site in South Omaha has run out of checks after an enormous drive via participation
As the Hispanic community has been affected by the rising number of coronavirus cases, a drive-through inspection facility has been set up at One World Health.
The demand for tests far exceeded the tests available.
The plan for this transit clinic in South Omaha was to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You only have 300 tests available and with a large number of people showing up for testing – it had to be cut.
“This morning our plan was to start at 10 am. We probably had a few hundred vehicles lined up around 9:45 am, so we actually got started a little earlier,” Major Joseph Eggen told the Nebraska National Guard .
Over 100 tests were carried out within the first hour of the opening of the test site in the One World Community Health Center. Shortly afterwards – we learned that there were already 300 cars in a row. Anyone who passed this point had to come back for a test on a different day.
“There was a tremendous turnout. I thought that might be because we know the community needed the tests. One World was kind of overcrowded because of the demand for tests,” said Phil Rooney of the Douglas County Health Department.
The Nebraska National Guard is administering the tests. Omaha Police and State Patrol help direct traffic. When cars pull up at this point, the people inside give their name, date of birth, and contact information.
“Once they get to the actual swab area, people are told to blow their nose. And then the swab looks like a long Q-tip. It goes in through the nose and then comes out again. You place it in one and then it is sent to the laboratory for testing, ”said Eggen.
The Nebraska Public Health Lab should get results in 24 to 48 hours. Then tested people should receive a phone call with their results.
“Testing is vital. That way, hopefully, we can take control of the Covid-19 outbreak,” Rooney said.
There are plans to conduct more drive-through tests across South Omaha later this week. Another test round is planned for Monday at the same location from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The #coronavirus drive-through test site at One World in Southern Omaha is no longer accepting people. 300 tests were available today. After being open for an hour, we have just learned that they have reached this capacity. @ WOWT6News pic.twitter.com/D60l6R7C13
– Leigh Waldman (@LeighWaldman) May 17, 2020