Kingsville ready for COVID-19 testing

Posted at 7:38 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 23:53:36-04

Another COVID-19 testing site is about to open in the Coastal Bend.

Crews in Kingsville were busy Friday morning transforming the Dick Kleberg Park and Recreation Center into a COVID-19 testing site.

The site will open Saturday morning, and expected to be open for 30 days.

Kleberg Co. Judge Rudy Madrid told KRIS 6 News you can only show up for testing if you have an appointment.

To get an appointment, you have to call your local emergency room or physician, and meet criteria set by the CDC.

"The whole idea behind the center is to keep people away from the emergency room and prevent them from spreading the virus," Madrid said.

If you are getting tested, here's what you can expect:

"There will be law enforcement officers out there securing who comes in and out," Madrid said. "They will have to be able to present their physician's order before coming into the park. They'll be escorted into the park. And they will be the only patient here, one at a time."

If you show up without an appointment, you'll be turned away.