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Public COVID-19 Testing Update

Williamson County through a partnership with Family Emergency Rooms is providing testing for COVID-19. For more information on a PCR (nasal swab test) and the Antibody Test, or to schedule a test appointment, please go to the following link: FHS Booking. The new scheduling process will allow you to select the time and testing location that best fits your needs, with no need to wait for a call back from a scheduler.

Testing is available for all. COVID-19 tests are currently covered by most insurance companies. Tests for Williamson County residents without insurance will be paid for by Williamson County.

El condado de Williamson a través de una asociación con Family Emergency Rooms está proporcionando pruebas para COVID-19. Para obtener más información sobre una PCR (prueba de frotis nasal) y la Prueba de anticuerpos, o para programar una cita de prueba, vaya al siguiente enlace: FHS Reserva. El nuevo proceso de programación le permitirá seleccionar la hora y el lugar de prueba que mejor se adapte a sus necesidades, sin necesidad de esperar una llamada de un planificador.

Las pruebas están disponibles para todos. Las pruebas COVID-19 están actualmente cubiertas por la mayoría de las compañías de seguros. Las pruebas para los residentes del condado de Williamson sin seguro serán pagadas por el condado de Williamson.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. The risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Williamson County & Cities Health District is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation in coordination with the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and regional public health and healthcare agencies.

If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, help is available. Call the toll-free Texas Health and Human Services COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line at 833-986-1919 to speak with a mental health professional 24/7. 

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Commissioners Approve Wilco Forward Phase III Service Agreement with Hill Country Community Ministries

  • 10 November 2020
  • Author: Connie Odom
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Commissioners Approve Wilco Forward Phase III Service Agreement with Hill Country Community Ministries

November 10, the Williamson County Commissioners Court approved an agreement with Hill Country Community Ministries to join three other non-profits in providing rent and utility assistance to residents in need due to COVID-19 through the Wilco Forward Phase III program.

Terms of agreement were already in place between Williamson County and The Caring Place, The Salvation Army, and the Round Rock Serving Center. Hill Country Community Ministries will service Cedar Park, Leander, and all areas on the west side of Williamson County in coordination with the Salvation Army. 

These agencies will be reimbursed by the County for rent assistance and/or utility assistance provided to residents across Williamson County between March 1 through December 30, for a total of up to $5 million from federal CARES Act funds. The County will monitor the total amount of funds spent to date so that the Phase III budget is not exceeded.   

“I am thankful to add Hill Country Community Ministries to the list of organizations that will process applications for rent and utility assistance for the cities on the west side of Williamson County. Residents on the west side of the county now have the ability to seek assistance from an organization closer to home,” says Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey. “This addition does not change any of the currently existing serving areas, but rather augments our ability to help those in need of support because of the pandemic.”
All four agencies will follow the criteria below to assess eligibility:  
·        All residences assisted must be located in Williamson County 
·        Up to the rent amount based on the lease agreement plus late fees for up to a total of 3 months  
·        For approved applications, the applicant must request additional funds after the first month of assistance on an as needed basis 
·        Up to $1,500 of utility assistance per residence on an as needed basis 
·        Applicant must show evidence that the assistance is needed due to issues caused by COVID-19.  
Each agency will handle the application and vetting process in their service areas, along with the issuing of the checks directly to the landlord, property management company, or utility company.  The following are the service areas for each entity.  
•    Round Rock Area Serving Center: Round Rock, Austin (within Williamson County), Brushy Creek/Fern Bluff MUD, Hutto areas outside of Georgetown ISD 
•    The Caring Place: Georgetown, Andice, Bartlett, Florence, Granger, Jarrell, Jonah, Schwertner, Walburg, Weir, Hutto areas within Georgetown ISD 
•    The Salvation Army: Cedar Park, Coupland, Leander, Liberty Hill, Taylor, Thrall, and all other areas of Williamson County not served by the other two agencies 
•    Hill Country Community Ministries: Cedar Park, Leander, all other areas on the west side of the county.
Residents will have to reach out directly to the agency serving their city to be able to request financial assistance. Apply online with the Round Rock Area Serving Center, the Caring Place, and the Salvation Army. To apply with Hill Country Community Ministries, call the main office 512-259-0360 x300 or email [email protected]


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