Midland Health to reduce hours at testing sites

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MIDLAND COUNTY, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Testing is decreasing in Midland County. Not because supplies are running low, or because of a backlog.

Midland Health CEO Russell Meyers says the data from the hospital’s testing sites have been on the decline in recent days with only about 56 people seeking tests on Monday and just four positives from those tests.

By comparison, Meyers said last week they had more than 400 tests and the week before that more than 500 tests.

“You can see a multi-week decline in, especially, the test demand and also in the percentage of those tests that are coming back positive week after week,” Meyers said during the Hospital’s weekly COVID-19 update.

This has prompted officials with Midland Health to reduce the hours at their testing sites. Meyers says they will still be available at the Coleman Clinic and the West Campus. The new hours are 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the Coleman Clinic and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the West Campus.

The goal, now that testing demand has decreased, is to reduce the number of testing officials to one team that will migrate from the Coleman Clinic after the morning testing hours to the West Campus. The CEO also reassured residents Tuesday that they have ample testing supplies on hand and the reduction is not a result of supply shortages, but solely based on the dropping demand for testing.

“We have plenty of testing supplies in hand so the reduction in testing hours and the splitting of the team between the two sites is really not a reaction to a lack of available tests,” Meyers said. “We have a substantial supply on hand, they are not terribly concerned about that, but simply the reduction in demand. We don’t want to waste our people’s time so we are limiting the availability at each of the sites.”

New testing hours will be put in place Wednesday.

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