Austin Public Health reopening 2 COVID-19 testing sites
Two virus testing sites reopening
Austin Public Health is reopening two neighborhood COVID-19 testing sites as cases and hospitalizations for COVID-19 rise in the Austin area.
The George Morales Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Drive in Southeast Austin, has opened with hours from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
The St. John’s Testing Center, 7211 N. 35th St. in West Austin, will open July 29, also with hours from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Austin Public Health encourages those with insurance or a primary care provider to contact their doctor for an assessment if they are experiencing symptoms. Other testing options for those with insurance include pharmacies and urgent care centers.
Neighborhood testing sites do not require an enclosed vehicle, reducing the barrier of needing a car. Patients may arrive by foot, on a bicycle or motorcycle or in a vehicle. All individuals are required to wear a face covering when arriving for testing.
Testing is available with or without an appointment. However, scheduling an appointment is recommended to save time and to confirm test availability for a given day. Individuals can schedule a test at online at covid19.austintexas.gov or by calling 311 or 512-974-2000. Individuals unable to access the testing sites can also call the equity hotline at 512-972-5560 to see if they qualify for an at-home test.
The services are free with no insurance requirements, and all medical information provided for testing and contact tracing is confidential, and immigration status is not asked.
For more information: austintexas.gov/covid19.
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Redistricting panel seeks input
The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission will host a public input forum on District 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive.
Along with census data, publicly submitted comments will be used to assist the commission when it begins drawing district boundaries between March and November. The focus of public testimony is to receive information about the unique characteristics of communities from those most familiar with their neighborhoods to help the panel determine areas that should remain intact and/or be grouped together in districts. The goal is to have a new district map approved for the November 2022 election.
Public input forums will be recorded and videos of the meetings will be available at austintexas.gov/page/watch-atxn-live. Past meetings and agendas can be viewed on the commission's website at austintexas.gov/cityclerk/boards_commissions/meetings/116_1.htm.
Interpretation or translation services will be available free of charge by advance request in Spanish, Chinese or Vietnamese. Call 311 or email email@example.com to request these services 48 hours in advance of a forum.
For more details and upcoming meetings: bit.ly/3BvUU5x.
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