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COA Opens Drive-Thru Facility for COVID-19

Post Date:03/27/2020 2:28 PM

AMARILLO, TX - The City of Amarillo has partnered with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to provide drive-thru testing for COVID-19. Testing began on Friday (March 27).

Individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to call the Amarillo Public Health Department at 806-378-6300. If the symptoms warrant a test, they will then be directed to the drive-thru facility for testing.

“We’ve been working around the clock for several days to get these tests in place and the facility set up for this program,” said Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson. “We are finally seeing a good supply of tests coming into our region, and we want to get them out to those that need them as quickly as possible.”

The city hopes to operate the facility from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday depending on the continuing availability of tests. Any time the facility is not operating, Public Health Staff members will still be available to assist callers with alternatives.

“We’re very excited to see testing options increasing throughout the region,” said Amarillo Director of Public Health Casie Stoughton. “Our staff and our great partners at Texas Tech have been waiting for this moment. We’re ready to go.”

Potter County, the Amarillo Fire Department and the Amarillo Police Department are also providing assistance with the drive-thru testing process.

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