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New drive-thru coronavirus testing site opens at southeast Houston school

A tent is seen outside Cullen Middle School after officials opened a drive-thru coronavirus testing site at the school April 13, 2020.
A tent is seen outside Cullen Middle School after officials opened a drive-thru coronavirus testing site at the school April 13, 2020. (KPRC)

HOUSTON – A new drive-thru coronavirus testing site opened Monday in southeast Houston.

The site at Cullen Middle School at 6900 Scott Street is the fourth of the sites that has been opened by University Memorial Medical Center with help from U.S. Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (D-Houston).

The congresswoman opened the site at noon by showing a newspaper headline that featured an article about the lack of coronavirus testing in Texas.

“We’ve not done what we’re supposed to do,” Jackson Lee said.

The new site, which Jackson Lee said is working in conjunction with the city- and county-operated sites, will be open until 5 p.m. Monday and open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the rest of the week.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said sites like these are badly needed.

“There’s no question that we need more testing,” Turner said.

Jackson Lee said no preregistration is necessary at the four UMMC sites.

According to Jackson Lee, about 9% of tests that have been completed at all of the UMMC sites have returned positive.

Officials discuss a new coronavirus testing site opening in Houston today.

Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Monday, April 13, 2020

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