Preparations continue at Dundalk Institute of Technology today for the Covid-19 test centre that LouthNow.ie understands will start conducting tests from Friday.
The drive-through facility is stationed at the front entrance to the PJ Carroll building on the south side of the DkIT campus. It will comprise of six testing bays. Portakabins have been positioned at bay and each testing team will be based within these kabins. On Wednesday, members from Louth’s Civil Defence were on site helping to erect temporary tents on the route between entrance and the bays.
Patients in the region will be provided with a time to present for testing and will be guided into the bays by staff who will be positioned between the main entrance to the DkIT building and the testing area. Tests take approximately 10 minutes to complete and it is estimated that the facility can conduct between 500 and 600 tests per day.
Tests are by appointment only. Anyone showing symptoms are asked to contact their own GP and self-isolate. On Monday, DkIT had confirmed they were working with the HSE with a view to facilitating a test centre on the campus. As of 1pm on Tuesday, there had been 16 confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in Louth.
You can view photos from the Covid-19 test centre below. All images courtesy of Kathy Gilroy-Barry. All rights reserved.
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