International Journal of Medicine and Public Health,2021,11,3,168-169.
Aim/Background: Public health has a unique opportunity to connect with the psychology of the population during the COVID-19 pandemic. Materials and Methods: Beginning May 2020 and ending March 12, 2021, the Skagit County Health Department provided a drivethru COVID-19 testing center during the weekdays for community members and healthcare workers. Test results were typically returned in 1-3 days. Results: The drive-thru COVID-19 testing model provided the healthcare worker the opportunity to consult with individuals presenting for COVID-19 testing. Public health listened closely, answered the public’s questions and provided additional healthcare information when needed and requested. Conclusion: Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, COVID-19 drive-thru testing centers have emerged world-wide. For healthcare and public health workers, these centers have allowed for additional conversation on topics related to community mental health.