As the coronavirus pandemic continues throughout Laredo and the rest of the world, local citizens are asking where and how to get tested for COVID-19 in Laredo.
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There are a number of medical offices in Laredo, ranging from urgent care, emergency rooms, community clinics and more. It can sometimes be difficult to determine where and how to get a coronavirus test.
While those with doctors can ask for referral from their physicians, that’s not necessarily an option for those without health insurance. According to 2019 Census data, an estimated 30.3 percent of Laredoans are without health insurance, which could complicate matters when trying to figure out how to get tested for COVID-19.
Luckily, the City of Laredo Health Department has joined with their local medical partners to provide information on the clinics where locals can get tested.
Each clinic has different procedures and qualifications that have to be met, as well differing procedures for asymptomatic and symptomatic patients. Some clinics also provided an estimated cost for the test for those that are uninsured.
Additionally, the National Guard of Texas is expected to return to host free drive-thru testing clinics throughout Webb County next week, according to city officials. However, details have yet to be confirmed as of Wednesday morning.