“I struggled on Doctolib to get an appointment. I’m not very comfortable with computers, ”admits Roger, 68, who this Wednesday – his birthday – came to be tested at the Saint-Georges temple in Montbéliard. After the nasopharyngeal sample, the Montbéliardais, cap on his head, exchanges a few words with Céline, a nurse.
“Last week, we would not have had time to discuss”
In front of the Protestant building which hosts a Covid screening center (since November 20 and managed by the BioAllan laboratory), no queue is visible. The inhabitants arrive in small quantities.
The calm after the storm. Last week was a different story. “There, we would not have had time to discuss”, smiles (under his mask) Mickaël, caregiver. Confirming the national trend, hundreds of Doubiens took their precautions before the Christmas holidays by engaging in a PCR test.
All occupied time slots
“From Monday to Wednesday, we received around 500 people a day, children, adults, seniors. All the time slots were occupied, ”confirms Alexia, one of the secretaries (with Camille and Mathilde) installed behind plexiglass walls.
A rather reassuring crowd in view of the health situation in the department, one of the most affected by the epidemic with an incidence rate of around 256 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants (during the week of 19 to December 25).
Fewer tests for New Year’s Eve
Everyone has, it seems, taken their responsibilities in order to avoid contamination. It is impossible to know, however, the number of people infected among the population tested. “We have no data by site”, specifies the management of the laboratory.
In view of New Year’s Eve, the inhabitants seem in any case less cautious. “160 people have registered this Wednesday and for the moment, 67 appointments have been set for Thursday [N.D.L.R. : le centre fermera ses portes à midi] », Explains Camille.
Reservation required, with some exceptions
The reservation – via the dedicated Doctolib application – is mandatory with a few exceptions. “People with a medical certificate or a document from the ARS (Regional Health Agency) can come spontaneously. They are immediately detected. “
The screening center is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and from 1:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon (closed at 12 p.m. this Thursday and all day Friday 1is January).