Covenant Health closes all drive-thru coronavirus testing sites


LUBBOCK, Texas — On Monday, Covenant Medical Group announced all drive-thru testing for coronavirus would end on April 19. The health organization is reporting an 83 percent decrease in coronavirus testing needs.

At the height of the pandemic, Covenant Health had been administering about 160 tests a day. Now that has decreased to about 27 tests across all drive-thru testing sites.

Dr. Sam Wiley, an attending physician at Covenant Health Plus, said he has noticed the decline.

“We’re seeing more like four [patients] in a four or five hour period; about one an hour,” Wiley said.

He said even fewer tests are coming back with a positive result.

“I’ve seen one positive in the past I think week and a half,” Wiley said.

The physician said they don’t have the volume to continue to see patients in the parking lot like they have done for the past year.

“The majority of people that need to get tested, need to get tested for things like travel or surgery clearance. Things that aren’t urgent that you don’t require a physician to see,” Wiley said.

Testing is down all across the city. According to data from the city of Lubbock, the daily number of patients getting tested has been less than 500. Additionally, for the past five days, the number of positive tests reported in the city has been less than 25 total.

“I’m not sure I can explain that well but I’m glad it’s down,” Wiley said.

Covenant is still accepting walk-in appointments for coronavirus testing.

Below is a list of sites for coronavirus testing:

Lubbock Locations:

Covenant Health Plus
7601 Quaker Ave.
(806) 725-9444
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Covenant Medical Group Northwest Clinic
611 N. Frankford Ave.
(806) 725-5480
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grace Clinic
4515 Marsha Sharp Freeway
(806) 744-7223
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Children (18 years and under)

Covenant Children’s Pediatric Urgent Care
5202 82nd St.
(806) 725-7337
Daily: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Plainview Locations:

Covenant Health Family Medical Center
1208 N. I-27
(806) 291-5112
Monday- Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Edgemere Medical Clinic
2606 Yonkers
Monday- Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Covenant Healthcare Center Plainview
2222 West 24th Street
(806) 293-5113
Monday- Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Covenant Health West Texas Family Medicine
1806 Quincy Street
(806) 288-7891
Monday- Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Levelland Location:

Levelland Clinic
1804 S. College Avenue
Monday – Friday 8 am – 12 pm; 1:30 pm – 5 pm

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