York, ME — U.S. Senator Susan Collins visited York Hospital’s Drive-Thru Rapid Result COVID-19 Testing Center to thank the volunteers, employees, and members of the Maine National Guard for staffing the testing site. She also provided them with water and snacks. The swabs were made by Puritan Medical Products, a medical supplies manufacturer based in Guilford, and the tests were made by Abbott Labs, which has a facility in Scarborough.
“I am grateful for the dedication of the health care workers and members of the Maine National Guard who are keeping York Hospital’s testing center up and running seven days a week,” said Senator Collins. “Their work is making a real difference in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 and safely reopen our communities. I am continuing to push for additional federal funding to increase COVID-19 testing throughout Maine and support those working on the front lines of this pandemic.”
To date, Maine has received nearly $70 million to expand testing capacity and purchase testing supplies through COVID-19 relief legislation supported by Senator Collins. Last week, Senator Collins announced that Puritan Medical Products has been awarded $51.2 million to expand its COVID-19 flock tip testing swab production, building on a $75.5 million contract awarded to Puritan in April. At a Senate Health Committee hearing in June, Senator Collins urged top health officials to boost testing efforts in Maine and throughout the country.
The drive-thru site, a joint venture between the York Hospital and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, offers both Rapid Result nucleic acid amplified tests (NAAT) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. Appointments are available for anyone who believes they may have COVID-19 or could have been exposed to the virus, with or without symptoms, as defined under the Department of Health and Human Services Standing Order. This includes individuals traveling to Maine from states with a higher prevalence, and a provider referral is not needed for the rapid test.
Click here for more information and to book an appointment: https://www.yorkhospital.com/covid-19-testing-info/