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Letter: Stafford COVID testing was well done

Letter: Stafford COVID testing was well done

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COVID-19 testing in Stafford was well done

My sincere compliments to the Rappahannock Area Health District, the Virginia National Guard, the VA Medical Reserve Corps, Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department and Mary Washington Health Care for the outstanding manner in which they administered nearly 400 COVID-19 tests to our local people in just four short hours on July 7.

This mass drive-through testing was no small feat by any standard. The testing site was a sprawling, undeveloped MWHC paved parking area, replete with overgrown weeds and stored specialized transportation equipment, and the temperature was well over 90 with oppressive humidity.

In spite of all the hurdles, the testing site was well-signed, well laid-out and very effectively manned. Individual cars proceeded easily from one station to the next and each station was staffed with friendly, efficient folks who kept everything moving right along.

I pre-registered and arrived at the testing site about 10 minutes before my scheduled time slot expecting an absolute mayhem of stand-still traffic. I was instead waved right into a well-spaced matrix of testing stations, administratively processed, subjected to a naso-pharyngeal swab (very expertly administered by a delightful, obviously experienced young lady), given a big bottle of hand sanitizer, a mask and several sheets of useful information about COVID-19 and sent on my way—all in much less than 30 minutes.

The folks responsible for our July 7 COVID testing in Stafford certainly did a phenomenal job under less-than-ideal conditions and never missed a beat. They deserve to be applauded.

Jean Eustice


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