Drive-thru COVID-19 sites seeing less people getting tested

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PALMVIEW, Texas (CBS 4) — There are more than 50 COVID-19 testing sites all over the Rio Grande Valley, but are they being used? 

Governor Greg Abbott has deployed 1,200 Texas National Guard members to help with medical supplies and coordination of the testing sites. 

However, the Governor said they’re not being used to their full capacity. 

“I have seen photos that have been sent to me where they are vacant or not being used,” said Gov. Abbott. 

It isn’t just on the state level. 

Several cities are also running their own sites. 

“Here in the wonderful city of Palmview we are an extension site and we want people of the community and neighboring areas to know if they feel like they have some of the symptoms and they don’t want to go all the way to go all the way to a hospital, we have a good testing site here for them,” said Ricardo Villarreal, mayor of Palmview. 

Villarreal says the city started testing on April 30th and so far they’ve tested 30 people in the last three days.  

“It’s very vital for the safety of our community, not only the city of Palmview, especially the areas that are not incorporated with a city that might not have police services, ems, or a hospital, we don’t have a hospital but we have access to take the citizens if they need to go,” said Villarreal. 

Hidalgo County has tested about 5,700 people as of Thursday.

Hidalgo County has more than 880,000 residents. 

Cameron County listed on their website they have tested slightly over 1,100 people. 

Cameron County has more than 423,000 residents. 

So the question is not can we test, but are residents going to get tested? 

Mayor Villarreal says the sites are available and they welcome anyone who wants to get tested. 

“They can come with doctors’ note or they can also come with Medicaid and Medicare, and of course pay with their insurance,” said Villarreal. 

For a complete list of testing sites in the RGV:

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