Bastrop County neighbors struggle to find COVID-19 testing, as infection numbers rise

Bastrop County

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) โ€” With rising COVID-19 cases comes an increased need to get tested for the virus.

But after receiving a couple of reports from people in Bastrop County, some saying they couldn’t find a free test, we went searching for answers.

KXAN Reporter Jala Washington started by going to the county website. There’s a big green banner you can click on to get a COVID-vaccine, but nothing at first glance about getting a test.

The Executive Assistant to the County Judge, Lyndsey Schroeder helped KXAN find it.

The info on where to get tested is there, once you do a little digging.

“Under popular links on the left hand side, is the ‘Corona Virus Information tab,’ Schroeder said.

From there, Schroeder directed us to ‘Frequently asked questions,’ on the right, and guided us to click on ‘Major Inquires.'” From there, there’s a drop-down tab where you’ll find test locations and links that take you to the websites to schedule an appointment at the following locations:

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4201 Hwy. 71E (Tahitian), Bastrop   

512-308-1239     

M-F 9 a.m.-7 p .m.  S&S 10 a.m.-5 p.m.   Closed 1 p.m.-2 p.m. 

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504 Hwy. 71W (Hasler), Bastrop 

512-321-4008 

M-F 9 a.m.-7 p .m.  S&S 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Closed 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

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1671 Hwy. 71E, Bastrop  

512-308-0234  

M-F 10 a.m.-7:45 p.m.  Sat. 10-4  Sun. 11-4

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717 Hwy 71 #500, Bastrop    

512-332-2273

M-F 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat & Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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512 Hwy. 71W, Bastrop  

512-321-0911           

24-hours a day.    

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1300 W Hwy. 290, Elgin 

 512-285-5552

M-F 10 a.m.-7:45 p.m.  Sat. 10-4   Sun. 11-4

Fast Aid Urgent Care   

512-856-9060

1670 Hwy 71 E, Suite D, Bastrop

Mon-Fri 8 am-8 pm Sat & Sun 9 am-5 pm.

Still, Bastrop County Resident Kemmy George didn’t have any luck.

“I kept running into all of these dead ends, dead ends,” George said.

George is at home fighting off COVID-19. She was able to get a free test by having Medicare, but hasn’t been able to track one down for her uninsured grandson–who lives with her–for a week now.

“What I would like to seen when I go to google and type in, ‘COVID-19 testing Bastrop County,’ something would come up,” George said.

When KXAN tried that, we did get a list of places: CVS, Walgreens and a Fast Aid Urgent care — which are listed on the county’s website and Bastrop Office of Emergency Management Facebook page.

On Monday, at Walgreens, and CVS, there were no immediate tests available.

Fast Aid Urgent Care put Reporter Jala Washington on the reservation list, without any indication when she’d be able to get tested. And according to its website it costs $220 to get tested without insurance.

“I am sleeping in my bed, my husband is sleeping in the living room, my grandson stays in his room with the door closed,” George said. “We’re just trying to protect each other.”

KXAN asked what people should do if they can’t schedule a test.

“They’ll need to contact their medical provider,” Schroeder said.

The County recommends you stay home until you can get tested, if you think you have COVID.

“We’re just going to have to try to get through this together,” George said.

Bastrop County said it doesn’t plan on bringing back county-wide COVID-19 testing, like Austin Public Health has already done. However, it urges any neighbors running into issues, contact its staff directly.

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