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East Texas ERs see 'influx of patients' for COVID-19 testing, treatment

At Tyler Complete Care, about 50 to 55 patients are visiting each day, which is up 20% more than the normal winter rate.

GREGG COUNTY, Texas — As COVID-19 cases in area counties continue to skyrocket, East Texas emergency rooms are seeing an influx of patients in need of treatment and COVID-19 testing.

Patients have been going to emergency facilities to get tested for COVID-19 as a surge of contagious omicron cases has local pharmacies backed up with test appointments. Some don’t have availability for at least a week out, resulting in a lack of readily available COVID-19 testing options. At-home rapid tests also are in short supply or out of stock in stores.

The demand has forced local ERs to now limit testing capabilities and test only symptomatic patients so they are able to dedicate their resources to those facing life-threatening emergencies.

Read more from CBS19's newspaper partner, the Longview News-Journal.

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