Malta House of Care is collaborating with Trinity Health of New England/Saint Francis Hospital on a drive-through COVID-19 test site.
Located in the circular driveway off Asylum Avenue, right in front of Saint Francis, the test site opened on Tuesday, March 17 and will operate from 8am-4pm, seven days a week, until further notice.
Malta’s recently retired van is the base of operations at the test site.
The COVID-19 tests are being performed by trained clinicians following CDC-advised protocols to protect themselves and their patients. To be tested, a person must have a doctor’s order as well as a photo ID. Insurance is not necessary. People without cars can walk up to the site. Click here for FAQs about the test site; click here for the test-site FAQs in Spanish, and here for the test-site FAQs in Portuguese.
“We were delighted to be able to help our friends at Saint Francis get this test site up and running so quickly,” said Malta House of Care Board Chairman Robert Voight. “The timing was ideal, as we had just purchased a brand-new vehicle for our own Clinic in the past few months, and the retired van was being held until it was sold.
“It is wonderful to see it being put to such good use, at such a critical time for our community,” he added.
After being ordered by their doctors to get tested, patients can bring their prescriptions and a photo ID to the test site, entering on Asylum Avenue. They will be ushered through the testing process, never leaving their cars. Results will be provided to their own doctors within 12-24 hours.
Meanwhile, Malta’s medical team continues to provide its trusted, free primary care to uninsured adults in four different Hartford-area neighborhoods on a fixed weekly schedule – just as it has since 2006.