Coronavirus testing will soon be available all over Iowa. MercyOne New Hampton Medical Center is working ahead. MercyOne asked the New Hampton city council for permission to shut down a block of North Maple Avenue so the hospital can test for COVID-19 without patients having to get out of their cars; they received permission on Friday.
According to the New Hampton Tribune, MercyOne’s PR Director Jennifer Monteith said this about the future closing: “It’s not going to happen until we get the supplies and the PPE [personal protective equipment] in place, but we wanted to make sure the city would be OK with what we were planning.”
Right now, there aren’t enough test kits to require a street closing, but bigger cities are currently installing similar drive-up operations.