SOUTH TEXAS — There is some encouraging news about COVID-19 testing sites. More of them have opened, not only here in Corpus Christi, but service is also expanding into rural parts of South Texas.
This expansion is an effort to facilitate additional testing in rural areas with no apparent health department.
The Coastal Bend Regional Advisory Council has been busy during this pandemic by making sure that everybody is getting the medical safety supplies they need.
They also are working closely with the Texas Department of Emergency Management and the Texas Department of State Health Services to get the word out about testing sites coming to rural areas like Aransas, San Patricio, Refugio, Bee and Jim Wells counties.
“The important thing here is to realize we are here to test the people in our community and the surrounding areas right now to see if they happen to have COVID-19. If they do, they get help for them, and they know if they need to quarantine themselves. That helps everybody else in the county,” said Fulton Mayor Jimmy Kendrick.
Rural counties with no local health department fall under the responsibility of DSHS.
“It takes a whole, not a village, but a whole state of Texas to make this work; Texans helping Texans,” said Kendrick.
The swab test will be free and is quick to administer.
“You have to have an appointment to go through, and you have to show some of the symptoms. That is what the process is, and that is what it has been ever since the beginning,” said Kendrick.
CBRAC says there are enough test kits available to meet the needs of those who are screened and scheduled for a test.