The city of Palmview will soon house the first COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in western Hidalgo County.
Palmview city commissioners approved the testing site at a Thursday emergency meeting, with plans to open sometime next week at the gym located behind city hall.
Although the testing site will be located in the city, it is open the general public, city attorney Eric Flores said in a news release. The testing site will administer two types of tests: a rapid COVID-19 test with 95% accuracy and a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test which has a 99% accuracy. According to Flores, both tests will require a physician’s order; however, telemedicine will be available on site if needed.
“Since the outbreak of this pandemic, the City of Palmview has taken aggressive measures to safe guard our residents from this deadly virus,” the release stated. “The addition of this testing site will ensure our citizens will have access to much needed testing.”
At the Thursday meeting, Palmview City Manager said that a total of seven Palmview residents have tested positive for the strain the causes the contagious coronavirus disease, and that one of the seven people has been released from isolation after not showing symptoms for 10 days.
“The City of Palmview continues to urge its citizens to please follow the Stay-at-Home Order to avoid exposure to COVID-19,” the release stated. “Doctors nationwide predict there is a high probability of a second wave of COVID-19 as we enter the summer.”