Arizona Launches Massive Coronavirus Testing Project
Governor Doug Ducey and state department of health officials have announced an effort to test 30,000 to 60,000 people for the new Coronavirus over the next three weekends, according to the Arizona Republic.
The Republic reports the plan is to test between 10,000 and 20,000 Arizonans for three consecutive Saturdays. The testing project begins Saturday and will continue on May 9 and May 16. Testing will take place at drive-thru and onsite locations across the state. Testing locations, hours and registration information can be found at azhealth.gov/testingblitz.
Under the state’s new guidelines, testing will be available to anyone who thinks they’ve been exposed or could be infected, although each testing site may have their own additional criteria.
“Arizona has placed an emphasis on ramping up testing, but we need more,” Ducey said in a written statement. “The Arizona Testing Blitz is just one step of many that will expand access to testing for Arizonans and provide us with better data to develop Arizona specific solutions and re-energize our economy.”
According to the Arizona Republic, Banner Health and Walgreens have already signed up to participate.
To date, Arizona’s private and state labs have performed a total of 66,543 tests as of Monday.