Medical Experts encourage those exposed to COVID-19 to get tested


ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the Permian Basin, health officials are encouraging anyone who is exposed to COVID-19 to get tested in order to slow the spread.

“All patients can come to any of the three Urgent Care’s and we can do a workup, basically an assessment to determine if a swab is necessary,” said Chris Tobar, the MCH Urgent Care Division Director.

Once the paperwork is filled out and it is confirmed they need a test done, they will fill out a patient under investigation form and be referred to the Urgent Care Clinic on 42nd street, the only MCH Urgent Care Clinic that tests in Odessa.

“We look at about 50 patients and then with referrals we schedule them based on time increments that way we can keep the traffic in the clinic at a safe level. You can still be asymptomatic and still be contagious or considered positive,” said Tobar.

The clinic tests patients from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. seven days a week and patients can expect results in 3 to 5 days. The facility does not do rapid testing.

“It’s $100 upfront and then we usually bill on the back end which is around $250 which I confirmed with one of our Business Executives It’s a little pricier of course. With insurance you would just pay your copay and then of course the insurance will handle based on the plan that they have,” said the Division Director.

The City of Odessa is also offering free testing Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Sherwood Park from 9 A.M. -11 A.M.; they have 200 tests available and all you need is your ID. This will continue throughout the month of July on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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