The Waco area is breaking COVID-19 case records as the number of hospitalizations rises Local news

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The convergence of rising COVID-19 cases and people seeking tests at area hospitals led the Ascension Providence and Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest to issue a joint statement steering people looking for COVID-19 testing away from hospital emergency rooms.

The hospital systems urge anyone who wants to be tested, but who has mild symptoms or no symptoms, to call 211 or 877-541-7905, or go to 211texas.org to find a testing site.

“This latest COVID-19 spike is putting extraordinary pressure on our hospitals, our emergency departments and our healthcare professionals,” according to the statement. “Please help us reserve our emergency departments for those who are seriously ill or injured so that our hospitals are ready for those who need care most during this time.”

Pharmacy chains such as CVS and Walgreens that had reported high demand for testing and over-the-counter rapid tests before Christmas were finding no respite this week. Walgreens advertised on its store websites that because of “unprecedented demand for testing nationwide” appointments for testing would be limited.

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