Midland officials discuss how testing for COVID-19 is being handled at Midland Memorial

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MIDLAND, TEXAS (Big 2/ Fox 24)- “Midland is still a town that looks after each other. Where neighbors look out for neighbors and a town that will show its the best side through some of its most difficult times,” says At-Large City Councilman Spencer Robnett.

Val Sparks, MH Infection Control; Whitney Craig, Health and Senior Services; Spencer Robnett, Midland City Councilman; Eddy Lee, MCS Chancellor

As people around the nation and the state are preparing for the worst during the COVID-19 pandemic Midland Health wants residents to know they are prepared to test people if they show symptoms of the virus.

“It is not done on-site and it is not done on everyone,” says Val Sparks with MH Infection Control.

The City of Midland hosting a press conference Friday to relay which symptoms qualify someone to get the nasal swab.

“Signs and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, cough and shortness of breath, a history of travel from affected geographical areas, or individuals with risk factors that put them at higher risk of poor outcomes,” says Sparks.

Midland Health will screen out all the seasonal respiratory diseases before that same nasal swab can be tested for COVID-19.

According to MH Infection Control, “they only become a person under investigation after all of the criteria are met and other underlying illnesses have been ruled out. Reference lab, they do testing 7 days a week but it does take 24-48 hours to get the results back.”

If the person under investigation tests positive for the virus they will follow CDC instruction on how to self isolate or be admitted into the hospital.

Midland Christian also had a spokesperson there to discuss a group of students who recently traveled outside of the country and how they are being treated. Eddy Lee, an MCS Chancellor, saying those who went will go through a health screening at DFW Airport and will be in quarantine for 14 days regardless of what the screenings say.

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