Long lines at coronavirus test locations force staff to turn people away

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Faced with overwhelming demand for coronavirus tests, staff at testing locations in Hidalgo County are turning people away.

At a location west of Alton, coronavirus testing was scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. The line, though, was cut off at 3 p.m. A location in Pharr also experienced long lines.

A spokesman for the state said supplies and lab capacity aren't the problem. Staff, though, can only test a certain number of people within a regular work day. As a result, they're sometimes forced to turn people away.

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Correction: This story incorrectly identified Janie Melendez. The video accompanying the story has been updated to correct the mistake.


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