Empty waiting room at the Covid-19 Testing Center this afternoon (Photo: Mariely Barros)

Demand for exams has decreased a lot in recent months and the place will close after 9 months of operation

Empty waiting room at the Covid-19 Testing Center this afternoon (Photo: Mariely Barros)

Only two people were waiting to take exams earlier this afternoon (14), at the Covid-19 Testing Center, which is on Rua Barão do Rio Branco, in front of Praça do Rádio Clube, in the center of Campo Grande. With little demand, after nine months of operation, the place will close early next week.

On site, on-call employees do not know if the center will open on Monday (16), but confirm service on Sunday (15), from 7 am to 5 pm. The advice of Sesau (Municipal Health Department) reported that there will be service on Monday.

The Testing Center was opened on August 10, 2021 with the expectation of carrying out 350 tests daily without the need for scheduling. The services take place on the upper floor of the building of Campus 2 of the UCDB (Catholic University Dom Bosco), which gave the space to the City Hall of Campo Grande.

In January of this year, demand increased a lot and only on the 8th of that month 656 tests were performed, of which 185 were positive, corresponding to a rate of 28.2% positivity.

For many weeks, the place had huge queues, despite several other points in the city offering the service. However, demand has decreased significantly in recent months.

All covid vaccination drive-thru have also been deactivated in the Capital. In March, they also closed the testing drives offered in partnership with Fiems (Federation of Industries of the State of Mato Grosso do Sul) in Campo Grande and Corumbá. Between January and March, more than 20,000 tests were carried out in the two cities.

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