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COVID-19 Testing Planned for Seminole

Sunday, May 3, 2020
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The Texas Department of Emergency Management, Texas Military Department is hosting a free test collection in Seminole on Friday, May 8, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on the west side of city hall. The testing for COVID-19 is being provided per Governor Abbott’s mandate to increase screening for opening up Texas, said Gaines County Judge Tom Keyes.

“The people (of Seminole) have been wanting to be tested, and the opportunity came available, so we thought we would facilitate the opportunity,” Judge Keyes said. He added that the same crew who administered testing in Lamesa on April 30 would handle the Seminole site on May 8. The team consists of Texas National Guardsmen, who are fully licensed and trained.

Anyone interested in the testing must register; the tests are conducted by appointment only. “Appointments don’t open until 24 hours in advance,” Judge Keyes said. “People can hit the webpage or start calling at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 7. However, if they pull up (at city hall on May 8)) they can call and see if appointments are available.” Registration can be done online at txcovidtest.org or by calling 512-883-2400.

Screening is available for those with one or more of the following symptoms: fever and/or chills, cough (dry or productive), fatigue, body aches/ muscle or joint pain, shortness of breath, sore throat, headaches, nausea/ vomiting/diarrhea, nasal congestion, or loss of taste and/ or smell. Results should be available within 24-28 hours.

If a person tests positive for COVID-19, they will be contacted by the South Plains Public Health Department and directed as to their responsibility to quarantine. “They will be expected to cooperate with the health department in tracking all their contacts,” Judge Keyes said.

Proof of insurance is not needed, but a driver’s license or other personal identification is required. In closing, the judge noted that from 50- 60 are expected on May 8 and there should be no significant wait if people observe the appointment system.