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Family Emergency Room LLC to Provide Expanded COVID-19 Testing

  • 1 May 2020
  • Author: Connie Odom
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Family Emergency Room LLC to Provide Expanded COVID-19 Testing

Williamson County has expanded its COVID-19 testing capabilities adding additional sites through a partnership with Family Emergency Room. The Williamson County Commissioners Court agreed to provide an expanded number of tests and personal protection equipment (PPE) to Family Emergency Room which will be administering the testing services at no cost to the county or the public. To be tested, residents of Williamson County register online on the county’s website. The COVID-19 test is for both people who are experiencing symptoms and those who are not. It is not an antibody test and is available only for Williamson County residents. In addition, the Williamson County and Cities Health District offers one free testing site for people with COVID-19 symptoms. To access their site, click here

Texas under Phase II of Governor's Open Texas Plan

  • 27 April 2020
  • Author: Connie Odom
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Texas under Phase II of Governor's Open Texas Plan

Starting May 1, Williamson County businesses began following Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive orders issued April 27, 2020, to reopen businesses safely and strategically in phases while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. His detailed plan is outlined in Texans Helping Texans: The Governor's Report to Open Texas. For a copy of the report, click here. On May 5, Governor Abbott issued a new executive order to expand the openings of certain businesses and activities. Starting May 18, personal service businesses, child care services, exercise facilities, non-essential manufacturing, and other offices can open under specific conditions. On Friday, May 22, more businesses began operating including bowling alleys, bars, breweries, wine tasting rooms, aquariums, and natural caverns, to name a few. On May 26, Governor Abbott announced additional services that can open under Phase II such as water parks, recreational sports programs for adults, driver education programs, and food court dining areas within shopping malls. To read what can open Friday, May 29, click here.

New COVID-19 Testing Site Available in Williamson County

  • 26 April 2020
  • Author: Connie Odom
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New COVID-19 Testing Site Available in Williamson County

Williamson County residents now have a new way to be able to be tested for the COVID-19 virus. Williamson County and the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) are offering a public testing site to increase the ability of county residents to get a COVID-19 test. The site is for people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; however, this test does not require a visit with a physician and is free of charge. Individuals must first take an online assessment based on screening criteria from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An on-line screening tool will be used to assess if someone is eligible for a COVID-19 test based on CDC criteria. The online assessment tool will be available Monday, April 27, by going to http://www.wcchd.org/COVID-19/testing.php.  The first tests will be conducted starting Thursday, April 30, 2020. Individuals are expected to receive test results in a few days depending upon lab capacity.  

Williamson County Reports First COVID-19 Cluster at a Nursing Home

  • 25 April 2020
  • Author: Connie Odom
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Williamson County Reports First COVID-19 Cluster at a Nursing Home

The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) had its first confirmed cluster of COVID-19 in a nursing facility. Control orders were sent to 43 facilities on March 16, 2020, by the Williamson County and Cities Health District Health Authority. Updated control orders were delivered on April 23 to 65 facilities, to include assisted living, nursing homes, skilled nursing, and long-term care facilities. The investigation is ongoing, WCCHD is working closely with the facility to mitigate the spread among residents and staff. To date, this is the first cluster at a nursing home with 46 confirmed cases of staff and residents.  
 

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

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