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Southside testing site offers PCR COVID-19 tests without the long wait

While many have been waiting hours for a rapid test in Corpus Christi, one location is giving free saliva testing with little wait time.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — With COVID-19 cases rising, many people are experiencing extremely long lines for rapid testing; but if you don’t want to wait a long time in line, you can make a sacrifice when it comes to how long it takes to get your results.

Drive-up PCR testing is available at the corner of Saratoga Boulevard and Everhart Road, in front of the former School of Science & Technology.

Other locations that provide testing around town predominantly offer rapid tests, and have had extremely long wait times over the last few days.

RELATED: Long lines at Corpus Christi COVID-19 testing sites

“We don’t really recommend rapid results," Site Coordinator Ty Gayhart said. "Yes, it is pretty accurate, it’s a 70% accurate rate. We do recommend a PCR test, which is a 93-94% accuracy rate. That’s nasal and saliva. What we do here is saliva." 

Gayhart said that the site normally runs low on supplies around 5 p.m. If you need a test, it’s best to try to make it to the site before then.

RELATED: Where to get a free COVID-19 test in Nueces County

PCR testing results come in after three days. The best way to prevent spreading COVID-19 is washing your hands, maintaining six feet of distance and masking up.

For the latest updates on coronavirus in the Coastal Bend, click here.

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