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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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Williamson County Partners with Williamson County and Cities Health District in Grant to Provide COVID-19 Assessments and Education at Care Facilities

  • 29 October 2020
  • Author: Connie Odom
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Throughout the pandemic response, one of Williamson County’s main goals has been to protect those most vulnerable in our community from the spread of COVID-19. As a continuing commitment to that goal, the Williamson County Commissioners Court approved an interlocal agreement with the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) to allow Williamson County EMS Community Health Paramedics (CHP) to work with them on grant-funded activities to conduct COVID-19 assessments and education at long-term care facilities. In exchange, Williamson County will receive $47,000 of the grant funds from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) grant for building local COVID-19 response capacity.
 
The County’s responsibilities under the grant include conducting Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) assessments in at least 40 long-term care facilities, as well as developing materials, such as checklists, trainings, handouts, and signs, to support implementation of federal guidance on monitoring and responding to emerging threats including COVID-19 at these facilities. 
The 40 facilities identified for this grant are licensed by the State of Texas as either nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Under Governor Abbott’s orders, all of these facilities have recently been allowed to have visitors inside.
 
“We put these residents at an emotional risk in not letting them see their families, but opening these facilities to visitors puts them at risk for COVID-19 if not handled correctly. Now is the perfect time for us to support these facilities as they work to keep their residents safe and healthy while reopening,” said Amy Jarosek, senior lead of the CHP team. 
 
During the COVID-19 pandemic, CHP was tasked early with helping reach out to long-term care facilities delivering control orders and implementing a task force to conduct COVID-19 testing at the facilities. Having already established a relationship with the facilities, they were a perfect fit to help implement the grant.
 
In addition to conducting assessments at the facilities, CHP will train WCCHD’s Medical Reserve Corps volunteers to be able to conduct assessments either by phone or by video. CHP has developed an electronic tool that can be used to perform the assessments, which include review of policies and procedures, planning and reporting, training, and direct observation. 
The grant period started October 1 and ends July 31, 2021.

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