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National Guard to conduct drive-through testing in Presidio, Brewster counties

To qualify, patients must exhibit one or more symptoms of COVID-19.

TEXAS, USA — The Texas National Guard has mobilized over 1200 personnel to help expand testing efforts across the state.

Teams will be sent out to cover all of Texas and Governor Abbott hopes to test around 3,500 people per day.

One of the first sections to receive this testing will be Marfa and Presidio.

According to a post on the Presidio County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, testing start in Marfa and Alpine on April 25 and will continue in Presidio and Terlingua the next day.

The Marfa testing site will be at the Marfa Visitor Center, while Alpine's will be held at the North Brewster County Emergency Response Center.

Presidio's testing will be set up at the City of Presidio EMS and Fire Station. Terlingua's site will be the South Brewster County Emergency Response Center.

The testing will be done via drive-through set up and there will be no cost for tests administered.

All tests will need to be scheduled in advance and patients will receive an appointment for their test. Citizens should not visit the testing site without an appointment.

A call center number is available to allow the public to call and book an appointment. These appointments can only be taken 48 hours in advance.

To book an appointment you can call 512-883-2400. Dual language call takers will be available.

To be eligible for a test, you must exhibit one or more symptom of the virus.

As of April 22, Presidio County has no confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Texas currently ranks 49th out of 50 states in terms of testing efforts, with only around 1% of the population having been tested.

Ector County plans to open its own drive-through testing within the next month to help speed along the process.

There is no word yet on a timeline for when testing efforts will come to other areas of West Texas.

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