Texas National Guard will provide free COVID-19 testing sites next week in Williamson County

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FILE – The Texas Division of Emergency Management increases testing capacity.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The Texas National Guard will set up free, walk-up COVID-19 testing sites next week in different cities throughout Williamson County.

The testing site locations, dates and times are listed below:

  • Hutto Middle School, July 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Jarrell Middle School, July 7 & 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Liberty Hill Junior High School, July 9 & 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Judge Bill Gravell shared this announcement Tuesday afternoon during a virtual news conference. He said people do not need to schedule appointments to visit these testing sites. Residents from any county are also welcome to come and receive a test whether they’re showing symptoms or not.

“The pandemic really knows no boundaries,” said Judge Bill Gravell. “We have to work collaboratively with these other agencies. Protecting our region is important, whatever we can do to help.”

Gravell warned that there could be wait times at these locations next week, so he suggested people prepare for the heat.

This is the second time that the Texas National Guard is offering free COVID-19 testing in Williamson County. Previously, Taylor hosted a walk-up testing site on May 9.

Mason County, National Guard Testing in May.

The Texas Department of Emergency Management and the Texas National Guard are paying for the COVID-19 tests. Williamson County approved $5,000 for testing site snacks, portable bathrooms, water and hand washing stations.

Gravell also told reporters Tuesday that he will not issue a countywide order to require face coverings for residents. However, most of the cities in Williamson County took action this week to mandate that people wear masks to protect themselves from the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Travis County previously required that businesses make employees and customers wear masks inside their establishments.

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