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Satellite imagery of COVID-19 testing facilities in Munich, Germany

On March 19, 2020, European Space Imaging collected satellite imagery of new German COVID-19 drive-through testing facilities. The location is Theresienwiese in Munich, Germany.

Satellite imagery of German COVID-19 testing facilities
Satellite image ©2020 European Space Imaging

European Space Imaging captured the satellite imagery with WorldView-3 at True 30 centimeters in full colour. It clearly shows the six drive-through testing tents. When the photo was taken, over sixty cars were waiting in line for testing. Testing at this facility is only open to people who have a reasonable suspicion of corona virus infection as deemed by the Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Bavaria (KVB).

Contact persons of the first degree

Satellite imagery of German COVID-19 testing facilities
Satellite image ©2020 European Space Imaging

The number of people infected with the corona virus continues to increase in Munich every day. The city has now reacted and started its Corona test station at the Bayern barrack. This is only intended for people who have had contact with a person infected with the corona virus. Thus, they become a contact person of the 1st degree. Due to the limited laboratory capacity, they will first test occupants of around fifty cars per day on the Sars-CoV-2 exciter.

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How is the procedure?

Satellite imagery of German COVID-19 testing facilities
Satellite image ©2020 European Space Imaging

The health department explicitly contacts the people with an official approval for drive-in testing. Patients can come and get the smear in the drive-in only with an appointment from the Department for Health and Environment. Doctors carry out this test daily from Monday to Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. For each shift, one doctor, four medical assistants and one shift leader are on duty to smear the test for protective clothing. You do not have to leave the car to take a smear. Only the window needs to be open.

Visiting patients without cars

The City of Munich, Germany implemented the drive-in test in cooperation with the AICHER GROUP GmbH & Co. Car service is available for those who do not have a car. Two mobile removal vehicles visit people who have instructions for testing from the Department of Health and the Environment, but are unable to come to the drive-in test station by car. They can take the test close to their homes.