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Williamson County COVID-19 Impact

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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.

 
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Williamson County Receives Financial Support from CARES Act for COVID-19 Response

Williamson County Receives Financial Support from CARES Act for COVID-19 Response

Williamson County is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of $93,382,340.10, which is provided to the county through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Aid, also known as CARES Act. The CARES Act established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund, which will be used to assist states and local governments impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The U.S. Department of the Treasury will issue the money to states and certain local governments. The amount issued to each entity is based upon the population as provided in the CARES act. The funds can only be used to cover costs that:  

·        are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019  

·        were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020  

·        were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020 

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell made the announcement on the funds received during the Tuesday, April 28, Commissioners Court meeting.  

“The federal government has decided that the local governments are the most knowledgeable and best prepared to decide how to disperse this money. This is a large amount of money; however I would much rather that local officials make the decision on how to use this money than to leave that decision to Washington,” said Gravell. 

The federal money awarded to Williamson County came with the support of United States Senator John Cornyn, who has been rallying behind Judge Bill Gravell’s efforts to keep the county moving forward during this pandemic.  

“Thank you to Senator John Cornyn. He was amazing helping us work through the documents and providing information for us through this process,” said Gravell. 

Congressman John Carter also worked closely with county elected officials and has played an important role in helping secure a better future for our area by assisting with the process of applying for the CARES Act funds.  

“As a leader on the Appropriations Committee in charge of allocating funding, I’m glad to see this federal money come full circle to Texas’ 31st district to help with Coronavirus response. Each locality across the nation is dealing with their own unique COVID-19 situation, so it was important to me and my colleagues that federal dollars were put in the hands of local leadership so it’s used for the most pressing issues facing our community. This $93 million will go a long way in assisting Williamson County with the needs that have arisen as part of the Coronavirus pandemic,” said U.S. State Representative John Carter.  

The Commissioners Court appointed a Strike Team for distribution of CARES Act funding for businesses led by County Treasurer Scott Heselmeyer, Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Russ Boles. The Commissioners Court will hold a special meeting on Friday in order to further discuss business funding.  

For more information on what the CARES Act funds can be used for, please visit the U.S. Department of Treasury’s website, https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/state-and-local-governments.  

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