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First city/county COVID-19 testing site opens

Monday, March 23, 2020 by Tai Moses

On Saturday, the city and county opened their first COVID-19 testing site, one of 11 such sites, thanks to a public-private partnership between Austin Public Health and St. David’s, Ascension Seton, UT Health Austin (Dell Medical School) and Baylor Scott & White. According to a report on KUT.org, “The city says there is a big gap between the number of tests available and the number of people seeking a test, so sites will prioritize individuals who are sent by referral and have an appointment. Priority will be given to individuals with specific symptoms and risk factors such as travel, close contact with confirmed cases, or underlying health conditions.” KXAN reported that 50 tests were conducted the first day at the site, whose location has not been disclosed in order to protect the privacy of patients.

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