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Metz Elementary to open as testing site

Monday, January 31, 2022 by Elizabeth Pagano

East Austin’s Metz Elementary at 73 San Marcos Street will begin operating as a free Covid testing site, with help from federal funding. PCR tests will be available from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., beginning Tuesday, Feb. 1, at noon. “People need to be able to get a test when they have time to get it,” U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett said at a press conference Friday. “This site is for folks that wake up early to take care of their kids, for those that are working late on a restaurant shift, for those that balance 9-to-5s with responsibilities at home, for so many of our neighbors.” Though no appointment is required, community members are encouraged to make appointments online or by calling (800) 635-8611. In addition, Austin Public Health clinics continue to offer free tests throughout the city. Mayor Steve Adler stressed at the press conference that Covid testing is free and that no proof of citizenship, insurance or other documentation is required.

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