Yale Pathology Labs and the Yale School of Public Health have partnered to establish two COVID-19 mobile testing sites in New Haven that offer SalivaDirect™ Saliva PCR Testing with no pre-registration required.
One site is a drive-through location at 60 Sargent Drive on Long Wharf in New Haven and the second is a walk-up testing on the New Haven Green.
Both sites are for New Haven residents and operate on a first come, first-served basis six days a week.
The Sargent Drive drive-up site is open from 8 am to 12 noon every day except Friday. The New Haven Green walk-up location is open from 3 pm to 6 pm every day except Friday. There is no cost to patients; insurance is billed, and people without insurance will not be turned away.
Officials with Yale Pathology Labs (YPL) and Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) worked with Connecticut state health officials to set up the two mobile sites, which launched the weekend of January 22-23.
“I’m beyond proud of the enormous effort from so many of us at Yale Pathology, a department of the Yale School of Medicine, and our collaboration with the Yale School of Public Health to pull together this community outreach initiative and expand access to COVID-19 testing to the New Haven community,” said Angelique W. Levi, MD, Vice Chair and Director, Yale Pathology Outreach Program.
SalivaDirect™ is a method devised by YSPH for testing people suspected of SARS-CoV-2 infection. It relies on a similar molecular process as earlier tests but was created to drive down costs and place less stress on supply chains.
SalivaDirect™ was issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on August 15, 2020. It is one of only three saliva-based PCR tests to receive EUA for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in pooled samples.