Permian Basin COVID-19 Testing on the Rise
The testing in the Permian Basin has seen a sharp rise on tests at the Medical Center Health System Urgent Care Clinics.
According to NewsWest 9, the clinics have seen a 30-40% increase in nasal swab testing going on in the past 30 days.
"One thing is the swabs are available." said Chris Tovar, Divisional Director for the urgent care clinics. "So before the conservatory of swabs were basically saved for those that were actually presenting with the criteria for COVID-19, meaning they made all clinical signs and symptoms and they were actually in a high-risk area."
With Texas opening back up, the clinics are performing an average of 30-50 swabs a day.
Midland is seeing a rise as well mostly in drive-thru tests where they used to have an average of 14 swabs a day, on Thursday, June 18, 2020 they had 28 swabs.