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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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Wilco Forward distributes more than $34.2 million

  • 14 July 2020
  • Author: Connie Odom
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Wilco Forward distributes more than $34.2 million

Williamson County’s Wilco Forward Small Business Grant Program issued 3,662 checks for a total of more than $34.2 million. The financial boost helped thousands of small businesses that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The County’s Auditor’s Office received a total of 4,194 applications from May 6, to June 30. A majority of the 466 applications that were denied were duplicates. The Auditor’s Office is still reviewing 66 more applications. While the amount issued per grant depended on whether the business was fully or partially closed starting March 2020, the average grant was $9,350.54. Both for-profit and non-profit businesses headquartered and located in Williamson County were eligible to apply. The deadline to apply for a grant was June 30.  

The program was made possible thanks to CARES Act Funds the County received from the federal government. Out of $93 million, $35 million was allocated for Wilco Forward, the remainder of the money will be utilized in phases.  

“Our small business owners are a vital part of our community and the backbone of our economy, that is why the success of the Wilco Forward program was crucial to providing funds that would help them stay in business. It is also important that we provide short term support for those that have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 by providing assistance for rent and utilities,” said Williamson County Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey.  

Phase II includes reimbursing cities, the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD), Emergency Service Districts (ESD), Bluebonnet Trails, and YMCA for COVID-19 response expenses.  

  • $500,000 was allocated for ESDs. The ESDs in Jollyville, Sam Bass, Hutto Liberty Hill, Jarrell, Weir, and Florence received reimbursement checks. Coupland is still pending.
  • A total of $20 million will be split up and used to support cities
  • WCCHD will receive up to $1 million
  • $500,000 will be granted to Bluebonnet Trails
  • YMCA is expected to receive up to $750,000

Phase III, which County Commissioners are expected to vote on before the end of the month, will focus on a community assistance program that will be rolled out through local non-profits serving the community like the Round Rock Area Serving Center, The Caring Place, and The Salvation Army. The goal is to provide a level of financial relief to residents by supporting them with bills like rent and utilities. A total of $5 million has been allocated to launch this phase.

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