City opens COVID-19 testing site at Patterson Library - FOX34 Lubbock

City opens COVID-19 testing site at Patterson Library

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Day 1 of testing at the Patterson library got off to a slow, but steady, start.

It is the first one run by the city health department.

"I have a high pain tolerance, they did it through the nose. They said about 48 hours before I get the results," Jacob Reyna said.

He started feeling sick about a week ago.

"I had fever, chills, been having this cough and my chest has been hurting but also struggle with diabetes and asthma, so that's the reason why I came and got tested."

Reyna does not have a car, but hitched a ride, thanks to a city partnership with Citibus.

"It was really helpful, I'm glad they were here to help," Reyna said.

The site has a capacity to test 8 to 10 people each hour and will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 6 p.m.

The test is free of charge, but appointments must be made ahead of time, by calling the health department.
Only people with symptoms, a known exposure to someone with COVID-19, or a high-risk health care worker can qualify for a test.

For more specific information, click here.

As of Wednesday, more than seven thousand tests have been administered in Lubbock county.
Recent data has shown positive signs of a decline in new reported cases.

This testing site is the only one located Wast of I-27, but some in the community say this isn't the right space for it.

"We need a testing facility here in district 2, but not at the cost of closing the library," Gordon Harris, a community activist said.

Harris says he's worried with schools out for the rest of the year, kids in this part of town, will miss out.

"You've got the Parkway Bingo over there, where there's a huge parking lot, which used to be a mall years ago, plenty of space. You've got the community health center, which is on MLK, which is closed now. They can use that."

For now, the library is set to remained closed, even on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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