WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TX — Williamson County health district officials on Wednesday announced the opening of a new COVID-19 testing site in Georgetown.
The Williamson County and Cities Health District is partnering with the Texas Department of Emergency Management and the City of Georgetown to open the COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot north of the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., starting Friday. The walk-up site will operate seven days per week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“With the potential for an increase in COVID-19 cases this fall, testing is an important way for residents to find out if they have the virus,” Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross said in a prepared statement. “We really appreciate the Health District and the state for staffing this convenient, free testing site in Georgetown that will be available every day of the week.”
Registration is required before visiting the testing booth. Pre-registered participants will be given a test kit, asked to self-administer the oral fluid swab kit on-site, then return the kit to the testing booth staff. Test results are typically returned within 48 hours.
“We’re working closely with our partners to ensure the availability of testing as well as quick turnaround times for results,” Williamson County and Cities Health District Executive Director Derrick Neal said in a prepared statement. “We are determined to support safer, healthier communities by providing access to anyone who wishes to be tested for COVID-19.”
The testing is free for all ages and is open to anyone who believes they may have been exposed to the virus recently, or who is experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
To complete the required pre-registration visit the Curative COVID-19 Detection portal. For more information on COVID-19, visit the Williamson County and Cities Health District website or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention homepage.
This article originally appeared on the Cedar Park-Leander Patch