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Hospital does drive-through coronavirus testing

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A nurse takes samples during a drive-through coronavirus test. (UW Medicine Photo)

A drive-through coronavirus testing site set up at a University of Washington hospital could serve as the model for more such facilities around the Seattle area — and perhaps around the country.

For now, the site in the parking garage of UW Medical Center Northwest is available only by appointment for hospital employees.

“To date, more than 175 staff, faculty and trainees have requested testing, and as of end of day Sunday, 94 have been tested for both flu and COVID-19,” Seth Cohen, the hospital’s medical director of infection prevention and employee health, told GeekWire today in an email.

Cohen said that’s just the start. “We will continue to expand our capacity at this location, and we hope to set up additional locations in the city to improve access to our staff,” he said.

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By Alan Boyle

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