Hundreds of people seeking COVID-19 testing waited for hours in lines wrapping around the building at Galveston’s Wright Cuney Recreation Center on Saturday.

The Texas Military Forces, a traveling testing team, partnered with the city of Galveston to offer the tests for free, with no appointments required. The tests were made available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s Texans serving Texans; we’re here to help,” said Lt. Robert Wolff, a spokesman for the Texas Military Forces who was assisting with the testing Saturday at the center, 718 41st St.

“That’s our main thing, to help the community and be out here,” he said. “We’re part of the community. We’re here for each other.”

Wolff estimated more than 300 people went to the center seeking the tests and said there were about 220 tests available. Some waited in line for as long as three hours to get the test, he said.

Despite the lengthy waits and lines, Wolff said people were mostly cooperative and patient with the process.

“This has been a really good group,” Wolff said. “There were some who were frustrated with the wait time, but they’ve been understanding and very helpful.”

People only needed to provide a photo ID and an address to which test results could be mailed to receive a COVID-19 test Saturday. People were not required to prove their citizenship and did not need to reside in Galveston to receive the tests.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews


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(6) comments

Carlos Ponce

Interesting on the GCHD web site:

Saturday, June 27 - Galveston

Free, walk-up COVID-19 testing

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wright Cuney Recreation Center, 718 41st St., Galveston

A photo ID is required.[ohmy]

A government issued form of identification will be required at the time of testing to verify residency.[ohmy]

Carlos Ponce

I expected Liberals to be upset with "A photo ID is required. and A government issued form of identification will be required at the time of testing to verify residency." I guess they only throw a hissy fit with voting requirements but not Wuhan Virus testing. Who knew?

James Stephenson

How about that social distancing!

Ted Gillis

Can I show my government issued voter registration card?

Carlos Ponce

repeating: "A photo ID is required."

Government issued voter registration cards have no photos.

Jarvis Buckley

There was no social distancing required. That is ridiculous. In my opinion.

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