How To Use Abu Dhabi’s Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing Facility

30 March 2020
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You can now get tested for Covid-19 without leaving your car

Abu Dhabi’s drive-thru coronavirus testing station is open and underway. So far, the UAE has one of the highest per capita coronavirus testing rates in the world.

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Inaugurated yesterday by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the testing station has already seen 300 people in its first day.

“Our aim with introducing this facility is to minimise the contact between COVID-19 patients and healthcare workers, as well as to reduce exposure of regular patients at health facilities to those afflicted by the coronavirus,” said Dr. Noura Al Ghaithi, chief operating officer at the Ambulatory Healthcare Services told Gulf News.

Rather than have people congregate in waiting rooms, a drive-thu testing facility provides people the chance to be tested with minimal risk of exposure to the coronavirus from anyone else.

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Where is the drive-thru testing station located?

The centre is located at Zayed Sports city in the nation’s capital. If you decide you want to be tested you need to contact the Abu Dhabi Department of Health’s Estijaba call service on 8001717.

Over the phone, health workers will asses your symptoms and whether you are eligible for a free test.

How much do tests cost?

Testing is free of charge to people considered to be at risk from coronavirus. This includes anyone experiencing respiratory symptoms, those who have recently returned from overseas or been in contact with someone they believe was infected. Free tests also extend to anyone who is pregnant or suffering from a chronic illness.

If you decide you want a test despite not showing any symptoms, there is an option to pay for screening. The test will cost 375 AED.

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How long will the procedure take?

The procedure, which uses a nasal swab, takes around one minute and there’s no need to leave your car to do it.

Results are delivered via your phone in 24 to 48hrs. In the meantime, everyone tested must self-isolate until they receive their results.

If you test positive you will be contacted by the Department of Health for treatment and isolation. If you test negative, this will be confirmed via SMS.

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