CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - The Corpus Christi – Nueces County Public Health District began processing COVID-19 testing today using an existing laboratory at the Health District as approved by the State of Texas. This morning 20 samples were collected, 17 were collected at the drive-thru specimen collection site and 3 inpatient samples were processed locally. Late today, testing was completed on the 20 samples: 14 were negative and six tested positive for COVID-19 of which one is not a resident of Nueces County.
The patients with positive results have been notified and educated about safety precautions for both them, their family, and the community. All positive cases were travel related (Costa Rica, Ireland, Houston, New Orleans, Spain) and not considered community spread. With today’s testing results, the total COVID-19 cases in Nueces County is now at six.
The City of Corpus Christi and Nueces County are working closely to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Officials are considering multiple options to protect the community including shelter in place orders much like other states, cities and counties have implemented. Officials are planning to update the public and media tomorrow with any additional information.