Drive-thru testing reinstated as demand for COVID-19 testing increases | KLBK | KAMC
LUBBOCK, Texas – COVID cases are on the rise in Texas as well as the United States, also causing increased demand for testing. The options for home testing appear bleak as stores struggle to keep tests on their shelves. This has led many people to turn to drive-thru testing.
Nomi Health’s drive-thru tests, located behind Master Cleaners between 82nd Street and Homestead Avenue, run Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and have seen many more people stepping into the New Year.
A line of cars wrapped around the block on Monday as people anxiously waited to get tested for COVID-19.
Nomi Health’s operations manager in Texas, Jaclynn Fuller, said their testing site was busier than usual. It appears that more and more people are seeking to get tested for the deadly virus.
âI think now people are starting to realize that the testing is going up and that we have a great location there and a great staff that gets people through as quickly as possible,â Fuller said.
Fuller said COVID isn’t the only concern. Nomi Health, along with other drive-thru testing sites, use every swab in their tests. People are tested and get their results for the flu and COVID.
âSo recently we started offering what we call ABC PCRs,â Fuller said. âThen they will test you for the flu, influenza A and COVID. And a swab.
Although testing is a high priority right now, Nomi Health medical director Dr Harold Delasalas said people still need to take extra precautions to stay healthy.
âI would always exercise the right precautions and strategies as you would if you had the Delta variant,â said Dr Delasalas. âEven if you have been tested for COVID, if you have, it is still important to meet the appropriate isolation deadline. ”
Nomi Health’s medical professionals also said that these sites that don’t require appointment registration can save a lot of time.
âPre-registration would save a lot of time and let you know, again, make it more efficient for everyone who visits the site,â said Dr Delasalas. “What happens is people just say, ‘Okay, just let me go to the site, not realizing that there is a pre-registration option, and then that slows everything down because they then have to go through and put all this information and data entry and this completely slows down the queue.