Testing

The city of Kilgore's new mobile command unit (above) is out in front of the CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Emergency Center on Highway 259. Testing for the COVID-19 virus is done there every Tuesday and Thursday. (News Herald file photo)

City of Kilgore and CHRISTUS Good Shepherd are continuing their partnership to offer quick and drive-up testing for the COVID-19 virus.

According to the city, the newly-purchased mobile COVID-19 testing is held each Tuesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Important: Criteria for being tested is having a known exposure to a COVID positive person and at least one symptom; OR two or more symptoms. We’ve had multiple requests from individuals or employers to receive tests for precautionary reasons (for people who are not having symptoms) and we’re unable to fulfill those needs at this time."

The screening is being performed by funds provided by federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) program, and is done in the city’s new mobile operations unit.

For the testing, the mobile unit will be staffed, according to a press release, by professionals from Christus Good Shepherd Health System, Kilgore Fire Department, and from students from Kilgore College’s nursing program.

“We are excited to partner with Christus to bring this service to our community in these difficult times. Christus has long been our partner as well as our primary health care provider in Kilgore and we are more than appreciative that they have offered to assist our community in this way,” said Kilgore City Manager Josh Selleck.

“Please consider participating in the screening only if you are experiencing any two of the following symptoms: fever, shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, loss of sense of smell or taste, chills, shaking with chills, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, nausea or diarrhea or if you have been exposed to a person with suspected or confirmed COVID symptoms,” said Faber White, M.D., Interim Chief Medical Officer, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System.

Clinicians will screen for circulating antibodies against the coronavirus in the bloodstream. Antibodies are generated by the body as part of an immune response against disease.

“An individual with COVID-19 antibodies has usually been exposed to COVID-19 in the past and could have an active COVID-19 infection,” White said. “Antibodies can usually be detected in a person’s blood one to three weeks after an exposure to COVID-19. When patients visit the site, a single tube of blood is drawn and sent for screening. We will then call you, to share your test results within the next 90 minutes.”

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