People line up for COVID-19 testing in SE New Mexico | KOB 4

People line up for COVID-19 testing in SE New Mexico

Joshua Panas
Created: March 19, 2020 05:12 PM

ROSWELL, N.M.- Lines wrapped around the Wool Bowl parking lot in Roswell Thursday, as people anxiously waited to get screened testing for COVID-19.

“The turnout has been phenomenal. We’ve had a lot of people come through,” said regional director, Jimmy Masters, of southeast Regional Public Health Dept.  “This is going to be the first one, or one of the first here in this region the Department of Health is helping stage.”

Health officials said to only get tested if you’re experiencing serious symptoms.

“We will triage you first, ask you questions if you have certain symptoms,” Master said.

The symptoms include: a dry cough, a fever, or shortness of breath.

“We need to know if you’re having any of those symptoms before your test. If you’re not having any of those symptoms, and let’s say you have traveled, but you’re not exhibiting the symptoms, you're asked to isolate, so self-isolate at home for 14 days."

Officials said results are expected in a week.

Drive-thru testing will continue in southeast New Mexico on Friday at the Las Cruces Department of Health public office parking lot.

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