COVID-19 testing sites are starting to pop up all over the United States. Tarps and canopies are now in heavy need for room partitions, testing tents and triage.
Poly tarps are being used to divide rooms and patience to reduce possibilities add to spread a virus.Tarp canopies are being used as testing tents for cars to drive through the testing centers. This enables patients wanting to get tested to drive up underneath the tent if it’s raining and get tested.Stanford Health Care is gearing up for larger-scale testing of patients with COVID-19 symptoms, erecting tents on the Stanford University campus for use starting in the next few days, a spokeswoman said.The additional testing capacity is in response to a growing need to identify COVID-19-positive patients as the virus spreads. Stanford Health Care has so far installed five large white tents and a cluster of smallerLast week, Menlo Medical Clinic also started a drive-thru clinic on Middlefield Road for COVID-19.
The tarps are being used in large rooms to make multiple rooms/spaces. Canopy tents are being used for cars to drive through at portable testing stations. The type of tarps and canopies being used is unknown. If you are going to a drive-through clinic, here are some things to know:Under the current protocol, according to officials, a test administered by hospitals or clinics typically involve:-Two sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)-20 to 25 minutes to put on and take off PPE.-Transporting the sample to the lab -- a process called real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)-A certified epidemiologist confirms every positive test.-Results are entered into the system.Any test conducted on someone under quarantine requires even more resources and protection