New COVID-19 testing sites publicized
Beginning April 30, area residents will have a new way to be tested for the COVID-19 virus.
Williamson County and the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) will offer a public testing site to create another opportunity for county residents to get a COVID-19 test.
The site is for people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; however, this test does not require a visit with a physician and is free of charge. Individuals must first take an online assessment based on screening criteria from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“We are offering this new testing option for our county residents who do not have the ability to visit with their personal doctor or go to another testing site to be tested,” said County Judge Bill Gravell.
The online assessment tool will be available April 27 by going to http://www.wcchd.org/COVID-19/testing.php. The first tests will be conducted starting April 30. Individuals are expected to receive test results in a few days depending upon lab capacity.
People who are eligible for the test will be given an appointment time and location. Tests are available through a drive-through system and are by appointment only. Appointments will be available Monday through Friday from 9-11 a.m.
In addition to this new testing location, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) have launched an online COVID-19 test collection map to help Texans locate test sites within their community.
The interactive map displays detailed information on public and private mobile, walk-in, and drive-thru test collection sites around the state. A search feature allows Texans to locate test collection sites near them and includes important details such as contact information and hours of operation for each location.
“This mapping tool will help Texans locate test collection sites in their communities and it is part of our commitment to expanding COVID-19 testing throughout Texas,” Governor Greg Abbott said. “By using this map, Texans will have access to pertinent information on a variety of test collection options that will help fulfill testing needs in communities across the Lone Star State.”
Over 340 test collection sites are currently listed on the map and additional locations will be added as more sites are identified across the state. Texans can submit updated information about a test collection site or suggest additional sites by filling out an online form. DSHS and TDEM will then verify the information and update the map accordingly.
The test collection map is accessible through the Texas.gov COVID-19 resource page.