Coronavirus testing available in Madisonville Friday

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Posted 4/23/20

Madison County officials announced Wednesday evening that drive-through testing for COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at 1559 State Highway …

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Coronavirus testing available in Madisonville Friday

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Madison County officials announced Wednesday evening that drive-through testing for COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at 1559 State Highway 75 South.

Testing will be by appointment only.   The testing will be based on swab tests, not anti-body testing.

“All persons interested in being tested must be exhibiting one or more symptoms of COVID-19 and complete the registration process by telephone or online. The Call Center Hotline may be reached by dialing 1-512-883-2400, or completing the process online at https://txcovidtest.org,” the county announced in a press release.  “Please register with your name as it appears on your state or military-issued ID, and be prepared to present your ID upon arrival at the drive thru location.  You are responsible for your own transportation and must remain in your vehicle at all times on the test collection site.”

Official said swab samples will be taken through the drive-through and shipped to a lab who will notify those tested directly.

“The Department of State Health Services will also receive information on positive tests, as is the current standard procedure for all positive tests in the state. DSHS will send limited information to local officials, within HIPAA guidelines. Only general patient information will be made public, so as not to reveal the patient's identity.”

Symptoms that will prompt screening include fever and/or chills; cough; fatigue; body aches, muscle or joint pain; shortness of breath; sore throat; headaches; nausea, vomiting or diarrhea; nasal congestion; and loss of taste or smell.

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