Odessa COVID-19 testing events seeing low turn outs


ODESSA, Texas (Big 2 / Fox 24) – The city of Odessa held it’s latest round of free COVID-19 testing on Wednesday. But due to low turn outs, many tests are going unused.

According to Phillip Urrutia, the Assistant City Manger, only 150 tests were administered at UTPB Park. The city also had an extra 100 tests left over from last week’s event at McKinney Park.

Since Wednesday’s testing event was held at UTPB Park many university students came by to get tested. But the city now has another 50 COVID-19 tests left over.

While Odessa is seeing a lower turn out to the free testing events compared to this past summer, Urrutia said any tests that go unused once the city concludes it’s events, will not go to waste.

“Any test that we have left over, they actually belong to a local lab, so we will give them back to the lab,” Urrutia said. ” They can be utilized at a local hospital, local clinic, they’re sealed and they’re not used until they are actually in front of a patient.”

The city of Odessa is also in the planning stages of adding free flu shots to these testing events. Urrutia said they hope to begin administering flu shots to the public by October.

The next testing event will be held Wednesday, Sep. 30th at Sherwood Park from 9 A.M to 11 A.M.

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