With testing supplies running low for the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District, medical professionals are asking people not to use the emergency room for COVID-19 testing, except as a last resort.
Public Health Director Annette Rodriguez said the health district expects to run out of testing supplies on Monday. The district does expect an order of 2,400 tests to be delivered within the next week.
“If the numbers continue to be less than 1,000 tests per day, we can go through Monday,” Rodriguez said. “We calculated that based on 1,000 tests per day because some days we see 800 tests and others we see 1,200-plus.”
Although the county may be running short on supply, there are other places for people to be tested, such as YesNoCOVID on Airline, your doctor’s office and the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation.
One place people should avoid unless they are in dire need is the emergency room, according to Dr. Lonnie Schwirtlich of Physicians Premier ER.
Schwirtlich said his emergency room has seen a sharp increase in low-risk or asymptomatic patients requesting COVID-19 tests.
“If you are asymptomatic or just want to get tested, there are other ways to do so,” Schwirtlich said. “The ER is not the place to go get tested for minimal symptoms.”
The increase in asymptomatic and low-risk patients has made it hard for the already short-staffed emergency rooms to focus on those who need more medical attention, according to Schwirtlich.
Schwirtlich said those who are experiencing symptoms and are considered at high risk for COVID-19 should be the ones making a trip to the emergency room.
- La Palmera Mall, behind P.F. Chang’s — Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Greenwood Senior Center — Daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Physician’s West, 2601 Hospital Blvd. — Monday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Former Outlets at Corpus Christi Bay (Former Nike Store), 500 N. Highway 77, Robstown — Monday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Nueces County Courthouse — Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clinic will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
- Hilltop Community Center — Monday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Corpus Christi City Hall — Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clinic will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
- CVS Pharmacy — All locations by appointment
- Target (Moore Plaza) — By appointment
- Walmart — All locations by appointment
For more information on vaccination clinics visit https://www.cctexas.com/clinics.
- Old Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial, Hospital Boulevard — Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation — Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. By appointment only. Call 361-356-9572 to schedule. Clinic will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17.
- YesNoCovid, 5940 South Padre Island Drive — Drive-thru, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- CVS Pharmacy — All locations by appointments only
- Walgreens, 4501 Ayers St. — Open during store hours
- StatCare Urgent Care — Walk-ins only
- 24HourCovid, 4225 S. Staples St. — Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Amistad Community Health Center — Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. by appointment. To register online, visit www.amistadchc.com/covi19_vaccine/.
- Amistad Community Health Center, Robstown — Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. by appointment. To register online, visit www.amistadchc.com/covi19_vaccine/
Christopher Howley covers entertainment and community news in South Texas. Support more coverage like this at Caller.com/subscribe.