Lumberton — The parking lot of Lumberton Intermediate will be the location for a mass Covid-19 testing site. The site opened Saturday, testing 300 people. It will be open again Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. to the general public.
Saturday, the goal was to get Lumberton ISD students and staff tested.
The school district won’t reopen until after Labor Day. LISD was forced to shut down for 10 days because illness is creating a staffing shortage, this at the same time, our area is experiencing a shortage in testing availability.
Embry Health, out of Arizona, sent an emergency response team to conduct the testing.
Miguel Pedraza, Embry Health’s Senior Logistics Manager, said, “You know we heard the school closed, we had partners here in the state of Texas that were like ‘hey, we really need your help, you guys are doing an amazing job in Arizona to provide those schools’, to come out here and do your thing out here, and this is what we’re doing.”
Pedraza says nearly a year-and-a-half since the start of the pandemic, testing still plays a vital role in stopping the spread. “It is important to know your status, if you’re positive or negative, even if you have the vaccine and our own employees get tested every three days. Why? Because we want to continue to protect the community”, said Pedraza.
The tests are less invasive, the swab only going about half-an-inch up your nostril, it still tickles a bit. The process is quicker than it once was, in and out in less than 10 minutes, and results are available within 24 hours.
To book an appointment, to get a Covid test at the mass testing site in Lumberton, either Sunday or Monday, click here.
Written by Angel San Juan