With the number of COVID-19 cases nearing 500 a day, the state of Delaware wants anyone who has been around people outside of their household in the last week to be tested to help track cases of COVID-19.
Delaware is recording 473 new cases of COVID-19 each day, based on a seven-day average ending Thursday, the Delaware Division of Public Health said Friday.
As the country and world waits on vaccine — and Delaware’s top testing official tests positive himself — the state and New Castle County are offering a slate of pop-up testing sites this week in addition to permanent sites and an expanded number of Walgreens that test.
All tests are free. They are usually quick and always painless. You can reserve spots at de.gov/gettested but if a site says it’s full, health officials urge you to go anyway because most sites stock lots of extra tests for walk-ups/drive-ups who do not have reservations.
The state urges people who plan to be tested to check Delaware Department of Health and Social Services’ social Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for updates due to inclement weather, such as Monday’s all-day rain.
DEMA head tests positive
The director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency got an unwelcome Thanksgiving surprise: A.J. Schall Jr. tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.
Schall, whose agency has been coordinating hundreds of Delaware testing events for months, had been tested Monday of last week and got a negative result. When he developed cold-like symptoms Wednesday, he was tested again and found out Friday that he was positive.
He is staying home in isolation and his wife and children are following state guidance.
“I am fortunate to have minor symptoms so far and appreciate the well wishes,” Schall said in press release. “I am following all guidance from the Division of Public Health and encourage you to do the same. Wear a mask, physical distance, and get tested.”
Carney said in a separate press release that because he had been around Schall last Tuesday during the state’s weekly COVID-19 update press conference, he had canceled all public events and this week’s press conference will be done virtually.
“This only underscores the seriousness of this virus,” Carney said. “It’s a real threat – especially for our most vulnerable friends, neighbors and loved ones. Let’s all do our part to limit the spread this winter. Wear a mask. Think twice before gathering with friends or family.”
Testing at Walgreens expands
All Walgreens Pharmacy testing sites have moved to a reservation-based system as of now. To reserve an appointment, go to www.picktime.com/DECOVID19test.
Testing sites will be through the pharmacy drive-thru except the Lancaster Pike location in Wilmington, which remains an indoor site. Most sites will not accept walk-up tests, and will close for 30 minutes daily to allow a staff lunch break.
Walgreens will add five new sites across the state beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1. They include:
- 4465 Summit Bridge Road, Middletown, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday
- 17248 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday
- 2 College Park Lane, Georgetown, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday
- 38627 Benro Drive No. 1, Delmar, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday
- 32979 Coastal Highway, Bethany Beach, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
New Castle pop-up sites
- Monday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Warner Elementary School (801 W 18th St., Wilmington)
- Monday, Nov. 30 from 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.: P.S. duPont Middle School (701 W. 34th St., Wilmington)
- Monday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Frawley Stadium, Wilmington. (This site will have reduced capacity because of the rain, and waits may be slightly longer).
- Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: University of Delaware Laird Campus, Lot 6 (David Hollowell Drive, Newark)
- Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Glasgow High School (1901 S. College Ave., Newark)
- Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Prices Run Park.
- Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; William Penn High School.
- Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: ChristianaCare Christiana Hospital, Portal 1 Parking (4755 Ogletown Stanton Road)
- Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Kirk Middle School (140 Brennen Drive, Newark)
- Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 pm.: Middletown High School
- Thursday, Dec. 3 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.: The Bancroft School (700 N. Lombard St., Wilmington)
- Thursday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Wilmington U. Athletic Complex.
- Friday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Woodlawn Library (2020 W 9th St., Wilmington)
- Friday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Delaware Park
- Friday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Townsend Fire Co. (107 Main St., Townsend)
- Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Newark Charter School (200 McIntire Drive, Newark)
- Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: New Mount Olive Baptist Church (4412 Washington St., Wilmington)
- Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: UD Star Campus
Kent County pop-up sites
- Monday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Milford High School Football Stadium (1019 N Walnut St., Milford)
- Tuesday, Dec.. 1 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Hartly Fire Co. (2898 Arthursville Road, Hartly)
- Thursday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: First Pilgrim Baptist Church (27 S Caesar Rodney Ave, Camden)
- Thursday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Transformation AME Zion Church (702 Maple Parkway, Dover)
- Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Centennial United Methodist Church (44 E Mount Vernon St., Smyrna)
Sussex County pop-up sites
- Monday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Woodbridge Middle School (307 S Laws St., Bridgeville)
- Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Ellendale Fire Department (302 Main St., Ellendale)
- Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Indian River High School (29772 Armory Road, Dagsboro)
- Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Woodbridge Early Childhood Education Center (400 Governors Ave., Greenwood)
- Thursday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Delaware Technical Community College – Owens Campus (21179 College Dr, Georgetown)
- Friday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Laurel Elementary School (815 South, N Central Ave., Laurel)
- Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Epworth United Methodist Church (19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach)