Test shortages force closure of UMC Drive-Up Screening

UMC shutting down drive-thru testing; clinics still available

LUBBOCK, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) - UMC will permanently close Lubbock’s only drive-up COVID-19 screening after Saturday.

“Our laboratory partner in Austin has informed us they are critically low on supplies and must save them for critical care units inside hospitals,” said Glen Frick, Executive Director of UMC Physicians and UMC Senior Vice President. “There will be no more supplies provided to other testing sites, like our drive-up.”

Given this information, the UMC COVID-19 Drive-up Screening Clinic will be forced to cease operations for general testing effective immediately, Friday, June 26. Pre-operative screenings will continue through Saturday, June 27. Beginning Tuesday, June 30, pre-operative screenings will be done in Outpatient Surgery the day of surgery for surgeries done at UMC.

A spike in COVID-19 cases in Texas has increased fears that major hospitals in urban areas will become overwhelmed with patients. Lubbock has already seen a dramatic increase in positive tests, with the COVID-19 Drive Up Screening at UMC testing more than 600 patients a day in the past week.

“Since opening the drive-up screening in March, UMC has provided an extraordinary service to our community,” said Mark Funderburk, UMC President and CEO. “More than 16,000 people have been tested there. I’m very grateful to our staff who have worked tirelessly, outdoors in all types of weather, to help keep our community safe.”

Rapid tests are available for patients meeting specific criteria in the following UMC clinic locations:

· UMC Express Care at South Plains Mall

· UMC Urgent Care Center at KingsPark

· UMC I-27 Medical Center

· UMC Orchard Park Family Medicine

· UMC LakeRidge Medical Center

· UMC Northwest Pediatrics

· UMC Milwaukee Family Medicine

· UMC West Wind Primary Health Center

· UMC Wolfforth Clinic

· UMC West Wind Primary Health

· UMC Idalou Clinic

· UMC Shallowater Clinic

· UMC Garza County Health Clinic

· Craig Barker, MD

· UMC Southwest Medical

Patients are encouraged to call the UMC COVID Hotline at 806.761.0111 or call a clinic to schedule an appointment. Waitfromhome.com or the WaitFromHome app are also available.

You may also find additional testing facilities on the City of Lubbock’s Health Department website. ci.lubbock.tx.us/departments/health-department/about-us/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-helpful-resources

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