City of Brownsville offering drive thru COVID-19 testing

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Brownsville offering mobile testing (CBS 4)

The city of Brownsville is acting to contain and suppress the COVID-19 virus. 

To do that, they started their mobile testing facility to help those who test positive seek treatment.

“This is a city of Brownsville initiative. It is funded in part through city of Brownsville funds,” said Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez.

The decision to have a mobile testing site came up at 1:30 this morning. 

They want all residents who are experiencing symptoms to get checkout to suppress the spread with or without insurance.

“That do have insurance their insurance will be able to pay for it through Dr. Hernandez’s office and those who do not there is some funding available that the commission made available yesterday,” said the mayor.

The city plans to keep testing available until the pandemic decreases. 

With more cases popping up around the world, Brownsville officials want to stop the virus in its tracks.

“As quickly and efficiently as possible. It’s proven to be very effective. We’ve seen models in South Korea and other places that are also efficient so we want to be as innovative as we could be using the resources that we had to try and protect our citizens using proven methods from other parts of the world and other parts of the country,” said the mayor.

Officials say depending on the amount of samples testing can take a few days to process the results. 

They urge you once you take the test, you’ll need to self-quarantine yourself until your results are in. 

For residents who are afraid healthcare staff will ask for your immigration status or paperwork, they will not ask any questions regarding citizenship.

You cannot just show up to the testing site. 

You need to fill out a questionnaire on the city’s website. 

If you have the symptoms you will receive an appointment time to go to the mobile testing site. 

To fill out the questionnaire, click here.

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