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Posted at 8:48 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 23:50:45-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Some people will get tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus without having to get out of their cars.

The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District will begin drive-through testing Thursday, where medical staff will swab the noses of people the health district has pre-screened while they sit in their cars.

“This process is going to take the burden off of the emergency rooms," said Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District Assistant Director Dante Gonzalez. "This is also going to take the burden off a lot of the doctor’s offices who were doing some of the sample selection -- as well as some of the burden off of us.”

The sampling is happening in the parking lot of the old Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital on Thursday.

Medical professionals covered from head to toe in medical gear will take the samples -- a group that prompted some concern when conducting a practice run on Sunday.

Only those who have appointments can attend the sampling.

“Please don’t show up," Gonzalez said to the general public. "Please don’t linger around the area.”