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Harris County Public Health coronavirus testing sites close early due to extreme heat

A heat advisory is in effect for all of Southeast Texas, including Houston, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday.

HOUSTON — Testing site update just in from Harris County Public Health on Friday:

All of the county's public testing sites will close early because of the heat advisory in effect today.

Harris County testing site update for Friday, July 10th

"Sites will close at 12 PM on Friday, July 10 due to heat advisory. Normal hours will resume on Sat, July 11 unless otherwise noted."

Extreme heat is expected through the weekend and into early next week. The heat index, or "feels like" temperatures, will top out between 105 and 110 degrees each day, warns the KHOU 11 Weather Team.

“Even on a normal day when we don’t have a heat advisory, it is very hot to be in the full PPE that has to be worn by our staff members out there that are conducting the testing,” Jennifer Kiger with Harris County Public Health said. “We know that we have to do rotations every 15 to 20 minutes just to keep them out of their own pools of sweat.”

Harris County closed ALL of its fixed and mobile COVID-19 testing sites at noon because of that heat advisory.

Harris County’s sites can handle 2,500 people total. On Friday, they tested just under 1,600.

“We are continuing to try to figure out a way to meet the capacity of testing despite the heat. So we are strategizing on opportunities to do that,” Kiger said. “One by shifting our hours earlier and two by seeing more people, having more people get tested at a time.”

WEATHER UPDATE: Heat advisory Friday afternoon with 'feels like' temps up to 110 degrees

GET TESTED: Where you can get a free coronavirus test in the Houston area and nearby counties

You can continue to monitor the latest 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing updates on the county's webpage here.

You can sign up for free COVID-19 testing at one of the Harris County Public Health testing sites here.

City of Houston public testing site update Friday, July 10th

The City of Houston Health Department says their fixed testing sites for Friday will continue to operate until they reach the capacity of 650.

Both sites reached their capacity at 1 p.m.

“This is one of those exceptional times when bringing people together is not necessarily in their best interest,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said.

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