HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) – COVID-19 is far from over and with an increase in businesses opening combined with ongoing protests, the State of Texas is sending over additional resources to help testing in the Rio Grande Valley.
Free testing drive up sites will come to RGV counties this week.
“As the State of Texas continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we are committed to ensuring every Texan has access to COVID-19 testing no matter where they live,” said Governor Abbott. “We must address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underserved and minority communities and ensure that anyone who needs a test can have one. As many Texans continue to gather for protests, the state is also taking steps to address potential surges in COVID-19 cases. We are ensuring that Texans can continue to safely exercise their First Amendment Rights while putting protocols in place to identify and mitigate any spread of COVID-19.”
In the last three days, more than 127 people have tested positive for COVID-19.
In order to combat the spread, Governor Abbott has announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and The Texas Military Department are sending more testing resources to the RGV.
Something local health officials are grateful for.
“They said they had extra testing capabilities and if we would like it here in Cameron County and of course, our judge said yes, the more testing we can get the better,” said Tom Hushen, Cameron County Emergency Coordinator.
The drive-up testing started Monday, and anyone is welcome to get tested.
“What is it like when someone who feels perfectly fine goes into a nursing home to visit their grandmother and then they find out later they were asymptomatic and that’s how these things spread,” said Hushen, “That’s the importance of these testings, to make sure those that are asymptotic are identified and they can have the disease run its course without contaminating other people.”
For more information, you can visit https://txcovidtest.org/
The state of Texas is offering testing in several locations this week. The free walk-in testing that does not require an appointment or pre-registration.
The following locations will offer free testing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in Hidalgo County.
|June 9||Tuesday||San Juan Community Resource Center|
|June 10||Wednesday||Granjeno City Hall|
|June 11||Thursday||Weslaco Isaac D. Rodriguez Park|
|June 12||Friday||La Joya Tabasco Elementary|
|June 13||Saturday||La Villa Youth Center|
Starr County is also offering free walk up testing Wednesday, June 10th, at the Escobares Community Center.