PHOENIX — The City of Phoenix launched a new mobile testing van to combat the coronavirus Tuesday. The van will travel through the city’s neighborhoods to administer tests for free.
The new mobile testing site launched Tuesday morning in partnership with the Vincere Cancer Center. The van is the first of its kind in Arizona and will be equipped with both the viral test and the antibodies test. Results will either be returned after 15 minutes or up to 10 days, depending on which test was taken.
“The mobile van will provide much needed testing for the community in a more accessible, quick, and efficient manner, said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego in a statement. “This is a huge step forward in our fight against COVID-19 and we will continue to adapt to the needs of our residents to help stop the spread.”
The Ford van has been customized with a foldable workstation, refrigerator, shelving, a generator with outlets and USB ports, and a roof-mounted air condition unit. An electric awning will be installed by the end of August to beat back the summer heat. The van’s operations, including scheduling and administering tests, will be overseen by Vincere’s medical staff. The staff is bi-lingual in order to better cater to all Arizonans.
“Testing is crucial to control the spread of COVID-19 and even more so in underserved neighborhoods with our most vulnerable citizens—not just those without health care or without the financial means, but also those who have pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension” said Dr. Vershalee Shukla, co-founder of Vincere Cancer Center.
The van is supported financially by the COVID-19 Federal Relief Fund. It will operate every day except for Wednesdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The location will vary from day-to-day with priority given to underserved communities and small businesses.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, visit the city’s website.