Kleberg County and City of Kingsville officials gathered at Dick Kleberg Park Saturday morning to open the new Regional COVID-19 testing facility for the area.
Father Joseph Lopez blessed the site before the official opening to residents in Kleberg County and others from surrounding areas.
"Today marks a great day for our community as we pursue the fight against this horrible coronavirus," Madrid said in a statement to the Kingsville Record. "We will be offering free screenings for patients who have flu symptoms, and we will provide free diagnostic testing for those that meet the assessment criteria.
"I would like to thank our state and congressional leadership for all their help in answering our urgent request. I would also like to thank all Kleberg County staff and elected officials, the City Of Kingsville, our Kleberg County Sheriff (Richard Kirkpatrick), Chief of Police (Ricardo Torres) and all parties who have shown me the true meaning of effective teamwork."
The park has been closed off to the public and can only be accessed by appointment, Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid said.
Dick Kleberg Park will be closed off to the public until further notice.
Hours of operation for the testing site will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week.
In a letter to the city released on Friday, Kingsville Mayor Sam Fugate issued instructions on what residents should do if they feel they may need to be tested.
Residents who are feeling possible symptoms are asked to not go to Christus Spohn Hospital Kleberg and contact their local medical provider or call the hospital for guidance at (361) 595-9746.
If patients fit the pre-screening criteria, they will be referred to the testing site to be screened for the virus.
In order to be tested, a person must have a referral from the hospital or their medical provider.
The testing site will not accept any person who does not have a referral.
According to the Center for Disease Control website, symptoms of the novel coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
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