National Guard tests some locals
Members of the Texas Military Department (TMD) held a training exercise conducting drive-thru testing in Fredericksburg for the COVID-19 infection in the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Region 8.
The event took place at the City of Fredericksburg Fire EMS South Station, 221 Friendship Lane, where 18 of the city’s First Responders were tested.
These early testing ventures are intended to identify best practices and ensure the testing process is running smoothly. When training is complete, TMD teams will be assigned to all the public health regions in the state.
The goal of this mission is to make testing more readily available outside large metropolitan areas. When the testing schedule is complete, community residents will receive a few days’ notice of testing in their area and will be able to make appointments through a call center.
A press release from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office originally identified Fredericksburg as one of the first places for mobile testing teams to be deployed, but according to local officials, there are no plans for that at this time.
To be eligible for testing, people must have one or more symptoms of COVID-19. DSHS does not yet have a schedule of testing locations as TMD is still in training mode.
As testing dates and locations are finalized, DSHS will release them through their daily update and they will be publicized throughout the counties where they will be held and in adjacent areas. There is not cost for the test.
As a reminder, local testing is continuing to take place at Hill Country Memorial Hospital, 1020 State Highway 16 South. Those who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, should call their primary healthcare provider for medical advice.