HOUSTON – There have been a lot of rumors circulating on social media about county and city coronavirus testing sites opening Wednesday, but health officials said they are not ready.
The Houston Health Department is asking people to not show up to a location they may have heard is a testing site.
According to the department’s Twitter page, you will not be tested, and “your presence could unintentionally put others at risk, cause delays, and interrupt the healthcare professionals who are working expeditiously to open the sites.”
We are working with community partners to establish #COVID19 testing sites. We will announce the locations and procedures when details are finalized. Despite reports, the sites are NOT scheduled to open on March 18. (1/4)@HoustonHealth @HoustonOEM @hcphtx #hounews pic.twitter.com/Ozt7bOcAW7— Houston Health Dept (@HoustonHealth) March 17, 2020
Although a representative from Judge Lina Hidalgo’s office said they don’t have testing sites available, they are looking to setup four sites in total in Harris County.
Testing for the coronavirus is critical for public health officials to determine how far the virus has spread and exactly who needs to be quarantined. But in Texas, testing is still lagging.
Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday he expects to speed that up so that by the end of the week, the state will be testing 10,000 people a week.
At the same time, more Texas cities are adding drive-thru testing. Houston is hoping to open a testing site at Butler Stadium and up to three other sites Wednesday, but the city is still working to get that finalized.