FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- April 29, 2020 --
The Texas Dept. of State Health Services, Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Military Department, and Texas Emergency Medical Task Force have partnered to increase the availability of COVID-19 testing in Texas using mobile testing sites throughout rural counties in the state.
Although Nacogdoches County had a testing center in action weeks before many rural counties, this will double the ability to test over the course of one day. This testing is for the State of Texas to ensure they are collecting their own data to obtain a picture of all rural communities from a public health perspective. These tests will be available to Nacogdoches County residents Friday, May 1. All tests will be scheduled in advance, and appointments are required.
Nacogdoches County has not had trouble with testing capacity to date. All patients who have qualified for a test have been able to receive an appointment through the current partnership between Nacogdoches County, the City of Nacogdoches, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, Nacogdoches Medical Center, and Excel ER.
Friday’s additional testing is also open to first responders and health care workers who have no symptoms. Registration and appointments are still required.
Registration opens Wednesday, April 29 by calling 512-883-2400 or registering online at https://txcovidtest.org.
To be eligible for testing you must have one or more symptoms of COVID-19, such as:
Fever and/or chills
Cough (dry or productive)
Body aches/muscle or joint pain
Loss of taste and/or smell
Shortness of breath
There is no cost for the test. The test procedure will be a nasal swab.