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Public COVID-19 Testing Update

The Williamson County Office of Emergency Management, in partnership with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Texas Military Department, will be hosting free COVID-19 testing in the cities of Hutto, Jarrell, and Taylor from July 6 to July 10. For more information, click here.

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: https://familyhospitalsystems.com/covid-19/. 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: https://familyhospitalsystems.com/covid-19/. 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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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.

 
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Williamson County Extends Stay Home Stay Safe Order to April 30

  • 7 April 2020
  • Author: Connie Odom
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Williamson County Extends Stay Home Stay Safe Order to April 30

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell is extending the Stay Home Stay Safe order until 11:59 p.m. April 30, 2020. The decision to extend the Stay Home Stay Safe order was made following President Donald Trump and Governor Gregg Abbott’s move to extend their executive orders. The Stay Home Stay Safe directives are intended to help control the spread of COVID-19 by keeping people isolated at home. 

“Challenging times call for us to make hard decisions, but these have been made with the priority to keep our community as safe as possible, especially those who are part of the vulnerable population,” said Williamson County Judge Gravell.  

With the extension of the Stay Home Stay Safe order in place, the goal is to prevent exceeding hospital capacity and to avoid overwhelming the health care system which is currently working around the clock to tend to those who have been impacted by COVID-19.  

After receiving guidance from the Williamson County and Cities Health District and following The University of Texas at Austin model on social distancing, it is crucial that we continue limiting our interaction by up to 90 percent in order to flatten the curve and reduce the spread of the virus.  

“The UT model shows that approximately 100,000 people in Williamson County could end up contracting COVID-19. Of those, they predict 5,000 will be hospitalized with nearly 800 in intensive care and hundreds dying. The only way to prevent this is to be vigilant in our efforts at social distancing and staying home,” said Judge Gravell.  

Under this extension, essential activities and businesses may continue their operations.  

For more information on the Stay Home Stay safe extension and a list of what is allowed under this order visit, www.wilco.org/coronavirus.  

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