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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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Public Information Act Catastrophe Notice

Please see the attached Catastrophe Notice and the attached Catastrphe Extension issued pursuant to Section 552.233, Texas Government Code, which provide for the temporary suspension of the applicability of the requirements of the Public Information Act. Please note that you may continue to submit your requests for information and we will continue to respond as promptly as possible given current circumstances.

 
Latest Information

County Judge Signs Orders for Hospital Capacity and Retail During Stay Home Stay Safe

  • 21 April 2020
  • Author: Connie Odom
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County Judge Signs Orders for Hospital Capacity and Retail During Stay Home Stay Safe

On April 21, 2020, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell signed new orders to ensure consistency between the Williamson County Stay Home Stay Safe Order issued March 24, 2020, and the State of Texas Executive Orders GA 15 and GA 16.

Effective beginning at 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020, the Stay Home Stay Safe Order is amended pertaining to “Healthcare Operations.” The amendment allows for surgeries and procedures under specific conditions, such as hospitals reserving at least 25% of their capacity for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. In addition, the facility cannot request any personal protective equipment from any public source for the duration of the COVID-19 disaster.

Effective beginning at 12:01 a.m. on April 24, 2020, the Stay Home Stay Safe Order is amended to allow retail businesses not defined as essential businesses to operate in limited capacity. These retail establishments can operate if services can be provided through pickup, delivery by mail, or delivery to the customer’s doorstep. In addition, they must operate in compliance with terms required by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

A copy of the new orders with specific requirements can be found on the County’s website here.

For the DSHS Guidance for Employers, Employees and Customers of Reopened Retail Services, click here.

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