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Nacogdoches County intensive care units were filled beyond capacity with COVID-19 patients Monday morning.

Hospitals added four temporary ICU beds, bringing capacity to 26 from the typical 22. COVID-19 patients filled all 26 of those beds Monday morning, according to South East Texas Regional Advisor Council, a regional health care coalition.

Cases of the virus continued to surge over the weekend as Nacogdoches County’s record number of infections climbs. Active cases — patients considered to be contagious — were at 707 Monday morning, up 61 from the 664 cases reported Friday afternoon, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Sixty-five COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Monday morning. That’s nearly 42% of the 152 total local hospitalizations split between Nacogdoches Medical Center and Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Just over 9% of all active COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Monday.

Public officials around the nation have said the vast majority of those hospitalized from the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus are unvaccinated. The same is true for Nacogdoches County, local health care officials have said.

Around 53% of Nacogdoches County residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Just over 42% are fully vaccinated. To find out more information about vaccines and providers visit tinyurl.com/vacnac.

The city and county on Monday announced a partnership with HealthTrackRx to launch a temporary COVID-19 testing site at the county expo center, 3805 NW Stallings Drive. Drive-thru testing will be available at no cost to the patient as early as Wednesday.  

The site will operate seven days a week from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by selecting a day and time in the online portal at https://bit.ly/ngscovidtest

There is no out of pocket expense for the testing, however insured patients are asked to bring their insurance card so HealthTrackRx may file and be reimbursed for offering the testing service. 

The PCR test, also called a molecular test, is conducted with a nasal swab while the patient remains in the car. Results can be expected within 24 hours. 

The testing site will remain open through Sept. 30. COVID-related questions can be directed to 936-468-4787.

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