Testing for COVID-19 is continuing around the coastal bend region and some of that testing is underway out on North Padre Island.
On Tuesday morning Nueces County Commissioner Brent Chesney said that 400 people were on-site waiting to be tested.
Lines of cars and parents with children were waiting to be screened as the virus continues to rapidly spread through the community that once appeared to have it under control.
Another testing event that was planned for today over at Concrete Street Amphitheater was postponed due to what Corpus Christi City Manager Peter Zanoni said were “outbreaks” at area nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
“People want to get tested,” said Arron Mitchell, an area resident. “I think more people want to get tested and to do their part. But a few people who are against everything are some of the loudest voices in the room.”
Mitchell says that he is not among that crowd.
“I take this very seriously,” he said. “But there are plenty of people who aren’t.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that Nueces County was among a growing list of Texas counties that he is instituting a “pause” in elective and non-medically necessary procedures in order to address increasing concerns over hospital capacity.
The Texas National Guard is conducting the testing.