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WilCo Opens Coronavirus Testing Site In Georgetown

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

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WilCo Health Officials Urge Residents To Get Flu Shots

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TX — Ahead of the upcoming flu season, county officials are urging residents to get vaccinated toward protecting themselves and their families, officials announced Wednesday.

To that end, the Williamson County and Cities Health District urges residents from six months old and older to get vaccinated. Urgency in the advice is heightened given a decrease in use of preventive medical services in light of stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders that have kept residents largely at home in efforts to blunt the spread of illness, officials noted.

Who Should Get the Flu Shot?

Annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone six months of age and older, with rare exceptions, because it is an effective way to decrease flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths:

  • Essential workers: Including healthcare personnel (including nursing home, long-term care facility, and pharmacy staff) and other critical infrastructure workforce.

  • Persons at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19: Including adults aged 65 years and older, residents in a nursing home or long-term care facility, and persons of all ages with chronic disease and certain underlying medical conditions.

  • Persons at increased risk for serious influenza complications: Including infants and young children, children with neurologic conditions, pregnant women, adults aged 65 years and older, and other persons with chronic disease and certain underlying medical conditions.

“Take precautions to reduce your chance of getting the flu this season by getting vaccinated in the fall, washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home if you’re sick,” officials wrote in an advisory. Health officials added that influenza circulates heavily in Central Texas from typically September through April each year.

Flu information and a vaccine finder are available at TexasFlu.org.

This article originally appeared on the Austin Patch

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