The drive-through testing site for COVID-19 in Old Town by Inova Alexandria Hospital is up and running. On April 17, the city announced its support for Inova in bringing vehicle-side testing to the Inova Primary Care Old Town clinic located at 325 S. Washington St. The Old Town site joins three other Inova facilities in offering vehicle-side testing, an option that has become increasingly common across the country and in the region.
According to alextimes.com, “Vehicle-side testing at the Old Town Clinic is, like most testing, by-appointment-only. In the case of the facility’s drive-through testing option, it requires that the patient’s doctor, not the patient, makes the appointment, due to limited capacity. Unlike Inova’s other three vehicle-side testing sites, which are urgent care clinics, Inova’s Old Town site is a primary care clinic. As a result, the site only functions as a respiratory illness clinic for limited hours, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Between 2 and 4 p.m. on those days, patients who have had an appointment set by their doctor can receive a vehicle-side COVID-19 test.”
As per alextimes.com, “Neighborhood Health, a federally qualified health center that provides primary care services primarily to northern Virginia’s low income, underinsured and uninsured residents, has been providing vehicle-side testing to its patients since April 2. Testing is still by appointment only, but for patients that are low income and uninsured, testing at Neighborhood Health is free. Neighborhood Health has been increasing its vehicle-side testing services at four clinics since April 2. The organization hopes to hit 200 drive-through tests per week, Khan said. It is also offering walk-up testing for patients that don’t have cars.”