Austin Public Health is expanding its COVID-19 testing to include three more neighborhoods, the city said on July 11. The new locations offer free tests for the new type of corona virus in previously underserved districts.
Tests will be done three times a week for people who have symptoms of COVID-19, have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, have health conditions, or are over the age of 65.
APH is now offering COVID-19 tests at the following locations:
- Southeast Branch, Austin Public Library – 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd. In Dove Springs
- Given District Park – 3811 E. 12th St. in East Austin
- Little Walnut Creek Branch, Austin Public Library– 835 W. Rundberg Ln. in North Austin
The tests take place on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Access to COVID-19 tests is free. Registration is highly recommended, but APH says it won’t turn anyone away who shows up and needs a test. And as per the citywide policy, personal information – including immigration status – will not be shared with anyone.
Austin is currently in Phase 4 of its risk-based COVID-19 guidelines and remains under a stay at home order through August 15. As of July 12, Austin-Travis County has 14,788 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and 169 deaths.
Texas continues to have a mandatory face mask requirement enacted July 2nd by Governor Greg Abbott. Last week, Austin City Council passed an ordinance stating that residents who violate a health authority rule, such as wearing a face mask, could be fined up to $ 2,000. This regulation does not expire until December 31st.