Monday afternoon shortly after 4 p.m. The test center in the multi-purpose hall in Schmalkalden has only just opened and shortly afterwards a line of around 30 people is forming. Everyone is waiting with a distance and a medical mask. Edeltraut Knies stands in line. She has to go to an eye clinic in Fulda in the coming week. “I just want to be sure because I have to have an eye operation. I just feel more comfortable with a negative test,” she says.
Felix Schliewenz is studying in Erfurt and is writing an exam this week. He only wants to go to university if he’s negative. “As long as there is still no vaccine, this is the only way to bring the numbers down,” says Johannes Lohs. Everyone should actually know how dramatic the situation in the district is. Hald Uhlemann becomes even clearer. “It’s about protecting your own fur and others. I can’t understand those who only think of themselves. But they forget that they could infect others.”
Most infections at work and in family
There are two treatment rooms in the test center. This is where the throat and nose swabs are taken. Then it goes into the great hall for about a quarter of an hour. The result is available after about 15 minutes.
At the same time in Schmalkalden, tests were also carried out in Fambach and Steinbach-Hallenberg. According to Christopher Eichler in the Meiningen district office, a total of 310 people came to the voluntary test. Only one of the tests was positive. The person concerned was sent to a PCR test on site. Quarantine was also ordered.
High incidence in the Schmalkalden-Meiningen district
The district of Schmalkalden-Meiningen currently has the highest incidence value in Thuringia and is also one of the most severely affected districts in Germany. With the voluntary mass tests, the circle wants to understand and break infection chains.