An “overwhelming response” in the amount of people getting tested for COVID-19 at the Bert Ogden Arena has led to officials halting testing two hours earlier than planned.
On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced they will provide free COVID-19 testing at the Bert Ogden Arena grounds for the public for nearly a week with the capability of testing 5,000 daily.
Testing was set to start Wednesday July, 8 and run through Tuesday, July 14 from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. but will now be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to a news release from Hidalgo County.
“Following an extremely successful first day of mass testing at the Bert Ogden Arena, testing will shut down at 4 p.m. Wednesday — two hours earlier than scheduled due to an overwhelming response,” the county said in the release.
Individuals with scheduled appointments for today between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. are asked to return to the arena at their earliest convenience on Thursday or Friday with vouchers.
Members of the public who wish to get tested are required to pre-register online for on-site testing.