Demand for COVID-19 testing soars ahead of Christmas holidays

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With the rush to vacation travel looming this week, many people are looking to get tested for COVID-19 before returning home, but find that many places are booked for multiple days. This is where test sites like the one at the Westbrook Fire Department come in handy. The site operated for most of the pandemic. Demand for testing is on the rise again, and there was a constant flow of cars entering the drive-through test site on Monday. “We’re going to be visiting our elderly parents so we decided we wanted to take a test,” said Luke Hankins, who travels to Wisconsin and has made several appointments with the Westbrook Fire Department over the course of the last year. “We have come to rely on it. We’ve used it probably four times in the last year, just as a piece of peace of mind. The site will soon begin offering a saliva-based PCR test that will allow them to double the number of tests offered. At present, they are able to do 125 tests per day. “As soon as the samples arrive at the lab, which will be the day after your test, you will have the results in your email within 12 to 24 hours,” said Westbrook Fire Chief Steve Sloan. While appointments are required at the Westbrook Fire Hall, walk-in tours are accepted at places like ConvenientMD. There’s also a recently opened test site at the Portland International Jetport, but the earliest meeting is near New Year’s Eve.

With the rush to vacation travel looming this week, many people are looking to take a COVID-19 test before returning home, but find that plenty of spots are booked for multiple days.

This is where test sites like the one at the Westbrook Fire Department come in handy. The site operated for most of the pandemic. Demand for testing is on the rise again, and there was a constant flow of cars entering the drive-through test site on Monday.

“We’re going to be visiting our elderly parents so we decided we wanted to take a test,” said Luke Hankins, who travels to Wisconsin and has made several appointments with the Westbrook Fire Department over the course of the last year. “We have come to rely on it. We have used it probably four times in the past year, just to reassure ourselves.”

The site will soon offer a saliva-based PCR test that will allow them to double the number of tests offered. At present, they are able to do 125 tests per day.

“As soon as the samples arrive at the lab, which will be the day after your test, you will receive the results in your email within 12 to 24 hours,” said Westbrook Fire Chief Steve Sloan.

While appointments are required at the Westbrook Fire Hall, walk-in tours are accepted at places like ConvenientMD. There’s also a recently opened test site at the Portland International Jetport, but the earliest meeting is near New Year’s Eve.

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