Atascosa Co. holds COVID-19 testing sites for residents



On Saturday, May 16 residents were tested for COVID-19 in Lytle. It was the third testing location in Atascosa County. GABRIEL ROMERO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

On Saturday, May 16 residents were tested for COVID-19 in Lytle. It was the third testing location in Atascosa County. GABRIEL ROMERO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Atascosa County officials made sure residents had the same opportunities as other large Texas counties.

On Saturday, a COVID-19 testing location was set up in Lytle. It was the third one set up in Atascosa County.

“Now, they aren’t going to test anymore, they are going to move to test in nursing homes. That is the governor’s order,” said Atascosa County Judge Robert Hurley.

Hurley said testing the nursing homes will drive up the cases, but contact tracing should help track cases.

“It is pretty well contained there, but you have staff that works there and goes out into the public. It isn’t just the people living there, but by the requirements of the governor, staff will get tested,” Hurley said.

He said a county extension agent will spend 20 hours a week tracing COVID-19 cases.

“I think that is a great idea,” Hurley said.

The county petitioned the state to hold testing locations in Atascosa County.

“We decided we wanted to do that. The state was very forthcoming and we were proactive in that area,” Hurley said.

As of Tuesday morning, the results for Lytle’s 45 COVID-19 tests have not been released to the county.

The testing location in Poteet had one positive case out of 58 COVID-19 tests.

The location in Pleasanton had zero positive cases out of 55 COVID-19 tests.

Hurley said residents on social media had let him know that the testing in Atascosa County was a great idea.

The county is now working on preparing the courts to reopen partially on June 1.

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