Houston News : Pop-up COVID-19 testing site opens in Sunnyside

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A health professional conducts a COVID-19 test on a motorist at Worthing High School on Wednesday.

A health professional conducts a COVID-19 test on a motorist at Worthing High School on Wednesday.

Photo: Godofredo A. Vásquez, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

Photo: Godofredo A. Vásquez, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

A health professional conducts a COVID-19 test on a motorist at Worthing High School on Wednesday.

A health professional conducts a COVID-19 test on a motorist at Worthing High School on Wednesday.

Photo: Godofredo A. Vásquez, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

Pop-up COVID-19 testing site opens in Sunnyside

A temporary site for COVID-19 testing opened Wednesday in Sunnyside, a predominantly black and low-income neighborhood with one of the highest rates of confirmed novel coronavirus cases.

The drive-thru facility at Worthing High School opened at noon, about three hours behind schedule because of a large swath of thunderstorms that swept through the region hours earlier.

Because the site is considered a pop-up, it will run through Sunday with supplies to administer nasal swabs up to 750 people — or 150 people a day.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said appointments are required to be tested at the school.

The Sunnyside neighborhood in south Houston has roughly 3.1 cases per 1,000 residents, according to a Chronicle ZIP code analysis that Turner cited during a news conference.

“This will bring vital COVID-19 testing resources closer to vulnerable communities,” Turner said. “We know that African-Americans and Hispanics, as well as the elderly and people with underlying health conditions are disproportionately getting sick and dying from COVID-19.”

The Houston Health Department is operating the site with the Texas Department of Emergency Management.

Another pop-up site at the Kashmere Multi-Service Center ran out of tests for the day around 2:30 p.m., health officials said.

Around the same time, a long line of cars could be seen snaking around the parking lot at Butler Stadium, another city-operated testing site.

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Source : chron.com