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APH rolls out new Covid testing sites
Thursday, July 9, 2020 by Tai Moses
Austin Public Health debuted two new Covid-19 testing sites this week and a third location is expected to open Monday. All three sites offer free testing and are located in historically underserved neighborhoods that have experienced a critical number of cases. Ana Urueta, the city’s Covid-19 testing group lead, said in a news release, “We want to be able to reach people who need tests where they are. We have been listening to feedback from the community and our partners, and these testing sites take into account the feedback we have heard, from allowing walk-ups, to not requiring individuals to arrive in a closed vehicle. These sites are really targeted toward the surrounding communities.” Austin Public Health is doing outreach in the communities around the testing sites to make residents aware of the service available to them. People seeking testing may arrive at the new locations on foot or on a bicycle or motorcycle, unlike APH’s current drive-thru testing site, which requires people to arrive in a closed vehicle. The new neighborhood testing locations are Southeast Branch Library at 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd.; Little Walnut Creek Branch Library at 835 W. Rundberg Lane; and Givens Park (opening July 13) at 3811 E. 12th St. Find more information about how to sign up for a test here.
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