AUSTIN (KXAN) — The federal government will soon help open another location where people can go in east Austin to get tested for COVID-19.

Local, state and federal leaders held a news conference Friday afternoon to announce that Metz Elementary, located at 84 Robert T. Martinez Jr. Street, will become a new testing site. It will open at 12 p.m. on Feb. 1. The site will then operate seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Andy Brown spoke at Friday’s news conference along with Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin. They said the site, which will provide free PCR tests, is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and will be run by an independent contractor.

During last Friday’s briefing about the local COVID-19 impact, Austin Public Health shared it learned that morning about a new federal partnership to expand testing resources in the community.

Brown said the site will have the capacity to test 900 people per day, and results should come back within 48 to 72 hours. Local leaders recommended that people make an appointment online to schedule a test at Metz Elementary. However, walk-ups are welcome.

This week the University of Texas COVID-19 Modeling Consortium shared its latest projections showing the Austin-Travis County area could be past its peak now in hospitalizations and case numbers in this fourth surge driven by the omicron variant. On Friday Austin Public Health’s leaders shared “good news” about new COVID-19 cases declining in the area. However, local health experts said they’re closely monitoring the threat of an omicron subvariant identified now as BA.2, which has sickened at least three people in the Houston area.

The testing site at Metz Elementary is set to remain open for three weeks. However, local leaders said that could be extended if need for the service remains high.