Doctors discourage use of ER for COVID testing, except as last resort

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. 

A line of vehicles waiting to get into the testing site, located at 5940 South Padre Island Drive, blocks traffic on Tuesday morning, Jan. 4, 2022.

“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. 

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