04 March 2020 – Set up network of community testing centres

Intervention Categories: Surveillance and response measures; Detecting and isolating cases
Level of Jurisdiction: National

Overview: The Korean government set up a large network of testing centres, including “drive-thru” and “phone booth”-style centres, with the aim of testing as many people as possible.

The drive-thru test system involves driving to a designated mobile screening booth and receiving a fever check and COVID-19 swab by medical staff in personal protective equipment. Each mobile screening booth can receive up to six cases per hour, for a total of 60 per day, compared to 20 per day at a regular screening center.

On 4 March, the Central Disaster Safety Response Headquarters announced it would distribute standard operating guidelines for the “drive-thru” testing centers to local governments across the country, after beginning a pilot program.

According to the operating guidelines, the “drive-thru” center tests are to be conducted in four stages: 1) reception; 2) fever testing; 3) sample collection; and 4) disinfection and education. Guidelines note that reservations for tests are necessary to reduce waiting time.

As of March 4, almost 20,000 people were being tested per day.
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