FEMA partners with Hidalgo and Cameron Counties to open mass COVID-19 testing sites

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites will be opening at the Edinburg Municipal Park and the Brownsville Sports Park next week.

Hidalgo County: In partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM), and the City of Edinburg, Hidalgo County will open a drive thru testing site, expected to administer 1,000 COVID-19 tests per day, according to a release from the City of Edinburg.

The testing site will open on Wednesday, Jan. 19 and will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Edinburg Municipal Park is located at 714 S. Raul Longoria Road.

The site will remain open until Friday, Feb. 4, the release stated.

“I commend state and federal officials for assisting our Hidalgo County by providing thousands of free COVID-19 tests,” said County Judge Richard F. Cortez in the release. “It is vital that residents get tested as soon as symptoms arisde so they may quarantine and preent infecting others. That is one of the best ways we will be able to stop the spread.”

An appointment is required for testing. Residents can register online by scanning the QR code, visiting the following link or by calling (800) 635-8611. After registering, residents must print out the voucher and bring it to their scheduled appointment.

The tests will be conducted using PCR nasal swabs, with results becoming available within 48 to 72 hours.

The tests will be free, with no age limit on those being tested, the release stated.

Cameron County: FEMA, in partnership with the City of Brownsville’s Office of Emergency Management, TDEM, and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will host a COVID-19 PCR testing site.

The testing site will be held at the Brownsville Sports Park located at 1000 Sports Park Blvd.

Testing will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will continue for the next 21 days from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or while resources last, the release stated.

Individuals that need a test are asked to register with the following QR code or to visit the following link.

The testing site will be available to those with an appointment and confirmation. Residents are asked to bring their voucher/confirmation on the day of the test.

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