Public Health District to Offer Extended Hours for COVID-19 Testing
Daily New COVID Cases are Three Times as Many in Recent Days in Nueces County
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Corpus Christi – Nueces County Public Health District will have an extended COVID-19 drive-thru testing clinic on Wednesday, December 29. Testing is FREE to the public and will be held at Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial, located at 2602 Hospital Boulevard, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
To register online, visit the City’s website at www.cctexas.com/coronavirus and click on “COVID-19 TESTING Registration.” Testing will continue Monday, January 3, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Additional Testing Sites
- Amistad Community Health Center, 1533 South Brownlee Boulevard, will only be open on Thursday, December 30, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. by appointment only. To register online, visit www.amistadchc.com/covi19_vaccine/.
- Amistad Community Health Center, 814 East Main Avenue in Robstown, will only be open on Tuesday, December 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. by appointment only. To register online, visit www.amistadchc.com/covi19_vaccine/.
- Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, 2882 Holly Road. No testing from December 27 to December 31. Testing resumes on Monday, January 3, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment only. Call 361-356-9572 to schedule an appointment.
Nueces County is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases. While the Omnicron variant has not been identified in our area, we are already showing signs of it being here. Unfortunately, with the arrival of the Omicron variant, it has been found the monoclonals used for the Delta variant are ineffective against Omicron. The State’s Infusion therapy is currently closed while they await a shipment of new monoclonals that have shown to be effective against Omicron. However, residents seeking infusion treatment should visit their primary care physician. Symptoms of Omicron are more upper respiratory, runny nose, sore throat, congestion, and fatigue. Some people will also experience fever.
On Monday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their protocols by shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to five days, only if you do not have symptoms at five days. If you still have symptoms after the fifth day, you must continue to isolate until your symptoms resolve. If you do not have symptoms, you may isolate for five days, and then for following five days, you must wear a properly fitting mask any time you are around anyone.
If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and have been fully vaccinated and have received your booster, you are not required to quarantine, but you must wear a mask for ten days anytime you are around anyone.
If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and have not received your booster, you must quarantine for five days and then follow with an appropriate fitting mask for the next five days anytime you are around anyone.
Omicron is here, and it will make many of us sick, including those who are vaccinated. It is more important than ever you do everything in your power to keep from getting the virus. While symptoms may seem less mild than the Delta variant, we do not know that for a fact with a more vulnerable population like ours here in Nueces County. The more the virus is spread, the more likely we will have another variant, and eventually, there will be one more transmissible and severe. We all have to do our part to get vaccinated when eligible and receive your booster when it has been more than six months after receiving your second mRNA vaccine or two months after receiving your Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
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