MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Officials in Midland and Odessa are now saying we are in a ‘hot-zone’ for COVID-19. Midland Health deciding Thursday to open up a second testing location in Midland, this location will have rapid testing.
Dr. Larry Wilson, the MH Chief Medical Officer said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and if we prevent the infection then that’s where we are going to have our best opportunity.”
Starting Friday, July 10, 2020, there will be a new testing site in Southeast Midland at the Coleman Clinic.
“Effective tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. on a limited basis initially because we are trying out some new equipment, tomorrow at 9, we will have a new testing site open at the Coleman Clinic,” said Russell Meyers, the CEO of Midland Health.
Thus far, Midland Health has been testing patients for COVID-19 in the back of their West Campus by appointment only and all of the tests were being sent out to outside labs and took multiple days to get results back. This site will use new equipment to do rapid tests on-site meaning patients will get their results back within an hour.
“So certainly tomorrow and perhaps into the early part of next week we will be scheduling a limited number of patients there to make sure that the staff can keep up with the volume, understand how to use the machines, register patient timely, and to do the whole process in a way that’s efficient,” said Meyers.
If a person wants to get tested for COVID-19 in Midland they must call 68-nurse, fit their testing criteria, and make an appointment. Officials are hoping getting people their results sooner paired with taking extra precautions will minimize the spread.
“Increase social distancing, increase protection of the vulnerable population, wearing face coverings, mitigating the exposure of others to the infection,” said Dr. Wilson.