DES MOINES, Iowa – The new drive-thru COVID-19 testing site opened by Polk County Monday is already seeing heavy traffic.

The site opened at 8:00 a.m. and already had more than 50 cars lined up, snaking through the parking lot at Polk County River Place by around 8:30 a.m.

The decision to provide drive-thru testing was made to alleviate the stress on local hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies. Polk County says the location at 2309 Euclid Ave. is just the first of multiple new locations – though they have not yet released where other new test sites will be. Polk County said in the future there will be sites on the east and west side of the county. One person getting tested on Monday had to drive from Adel to get this done.

“I think there should be closer ones, more spread out probably, so people just don’t have to drive for 45 minutes and wait in a two-hour line just to get a test done,” said Makayla Morris.

Another person going through testing on Monday said that he discovered the clinic online and was glad there was one available right by his house.

“There is a surge going on and people are trying to go to work and trying to figure out child care and school and all that kind of stuff, so it is good to have results and get them as quickly as possible,” said Andrew Maahs from Des Moines.

The site will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day including weekends. Both PCR and rapid tests will be available and free. You are asked to bring your health insurance card and ID.