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In this March 17, 2020, file photo, Laurie Kuypers, a registered nurse, reaches into a car to take a nasopharyngeal swab from a patient at a drive-through COVID-19 coronavirus testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

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Edinburg, Texas (KVEO)—Hidalgo County announces new requirements that are being implemented to ensure residents receive their results more efficiently.

Starting Monday, July 6, all testing sites will be testing people 65 and over between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Testing will be open to the general public from 11 a.m. and will continue until testing supplies run out for that day, according to the county.

To get tested, residents must present a photo ID, physical address, phone number and email address.

Along with outdoor mobile centers, the state has also added indoor testing facilities. The tests that are being conducted have switched from nasal swabs to oral swabs.

Residents will only be screened if they have fever and/or chills, cough, fatigue, body aches/muscles or joint pain, shortness of breath, sore throat, headaches, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, nasal congestion, and loss of taste and/or smell.

Below are the upcoming dates and locations for Mobile testing sites:

·         July 3: Isaac D. Rodriguez Park

1200 E. 6th St. Weslaco, TX 78596

·         July 5: La Joya Fire Department

625 Expressway 83 La Joya, TX 78560

·         July 10 – July 11: Robert Vela High School

801 Canton Rd. Edinburg, TX 78539

Indoor testing sites:

·         July 6 – July 7: Mercedes Safe Dome/Recreational Center

1202 Vermont Ave. Mercedes, TX 78570

·         July 8 – July 9: PSJA Memorial High School

800 Alamo Rd. Alamo, TX 78516

·         July 4 (HALF DAY) and July 12: Alton Recreation Center

349 Dawes Ave. Alton, TX 78573

Residents are also encouraged to pre-register here.

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