With a total of 37 cases of coronavirus in Cameron and Hidalgo County, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announced they are opening two drive-thu testing sites in Brownsville and Edinburg.
The sites will open on Monday, March 30 and will be open to employees, students and the public, according to a Friday news release.
On-site evaluations will be available by appointment only for those 18 years of age or older who qualify after mandatory telephone screening.
Dr. John H. Krouse, dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine and executive vice president for Health Affairs, said that as the number of coronavirus cases increases in Texas and locally, UTRGV is boosting its efforts to provide the Valley community with resources – including over-the-phone evaluations, telemedicine, and the drive-thru testing sites.
“The UTRGV School of Medicine is at the forefront of providing our community with healthcare resources, including COVID-19 testing,” he said. “We are proud of our healthcare professionals for stepping up, and we thank Congressman Vicente Gonzalez for being instrumental in making sure we obtained the testing kits necessary to serve our community.”
The testing sites are the result of a partnership between UTRGV School of Medicine’s practice plan, UT Health RGV, the Office of Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Hidalgo and Cameron county leaders, and the City of Brownsville.
“Drive-thru testing is an evident way to curb the spread of the virus and flatten the curve,” Gonzalez said. “UTRGV is a critical partner in protecting the welfare of South Texans, and I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that our communities receive the resources and tools they need to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Protocols have been put in place to avoid testing-site congestion; to make sure that test kits will be used for those with severe symptoms; and to ensure that social distancing and other safety protocols are maintained.
Healthcare professionals will be present to ensure that everyone follows the drive-thru testing protocols, and to help avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Individuals without insurance can get screened for COVID-19 at no cost. Results of the tests will be confirmed within days for those tested, and prescriptions for testing will be provided by UTRGV physicians at the point of care.
Individuals should arrive at the UT Health RGV drive-thru testing site with their identification.
To make an appointment, call ahead to the UT Health RGV Patient Communications Center at 1-833 – UTRGVMD (1-833-887-4863) to be screened.
For additional questions about symptoms, prescriptions and UTRGV COVID-19 drive-thru appointment times, call 1-833-UTRGVMD and visit the UTRGV COVID-19 website UTRGV.edu/Coronavirus for university updates.