COVID-19 Helpful Links & Updates
APRIL 29, 2021
COMMUNITY WIDE COVID-19 TESTING CHANGES
Due to the decreased number of individuals wanting to be tested at the recent community COVID-19 testing events, the testing procedures for these individuals will be changing. Beginning in May, community testing events will no longer be held unless a large number of people
request to be tested. Rather than holding these testing events, individuals should call (830)383-4965 to request an appointment for a rapid test. Further instructions will be given at the time of the call.
COVID-19 WALK UP TESTING EVENT MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2021
A COVID-19 community testing event will be taking place on Monday, April 26, 2021. This testing event is offered free of charge to the public. All testing will take place at the Pioneer Pavilion located at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
No appointments are required however, pre-registration is encouraged. Pre-registration can be completed by
visiting texas.spartancovidtesting.com. Testing can be conducted on patients under the age of 5 with parental assistance. Testing will be conducted on a first come, first served basis.
Those being tested are asked to wear their masks and to refrain from eating or drinking anything for 20 minutes prior to testing.
A screening process will be in place and administered by State Health Department personnel trained to gather information and assess symptoms which could suggest that a person should be tested for COVID-19. Anyone with the primary symptoms of COVID-19, including fever and/or chills, dry or productive cough, fatigue, body aches/muscle or joint pain, shortness of breath, sore throat, headaches, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, nasal congestion, or loss of taste and/or smell, will be eligible for testing without the need of a prescription from a medical professional. Anyone who is asymptomatic may also be tested.
Results will be available three to five days after testing. Those tested will receive an automated text and/or email with results once available. Those with questions about their results should contact the Spartan Medical Call Center at 1-888-998-3568. For information on other testing sites throughout the state of Texas, please visit txcovidtest.org.
For additional information, please contact Catherine Kuhlmann, Fredericksburg Fire EMS Infectious Disease Control Officer, at
MARCH 10, 2021
Beginning tomorrow, March 10, all Texas businesses and facilities are allowed to operate at 100% capacity, in accordance with Governor Abbott's Executive Order 34. The order also lifts the statewide mask mandate.
The order does not preclude businesses from operating at a lessened capacity or requiring the wearing of face coverings by its employees or customers at their own discretion.
The Texas Workforce Commission is hosting a FREE Virtual Town Hall tomorrow with employment law experts to discuss the Executive Order.
CLICK HERE to watch.
MARCH 2, 2021
EXECUTIVE ORDER 34
Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order (GA-34) lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100 percent.
This executive order rescinds most of the Governor's earlier executive orders related to COVID-19. Effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type may open to 100% capacity. Additionally, this order ends the statewide mask mandate in Texas. Businesses may still limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols at their own discretion.
If COVID-19 hospitalizations in any of the 22 hospital regions in Texas get above 15% of the hospital bed capacity in that region for seven straight days, a County Judge in that region may use COVID-19 mitigation strategies. However, County Judges may not impose jail time for not following COVID-19 orders nor may any penalties be imposed for failing to wear a face mask. If restrictions are imposed at a County level, those restrictions may not include reducing capacity to less than 50% for any type of entity.
FEBRUARY 1, 2021
Through our free rapid COVID testing program for Chamber member businesses, we are often asked what to do once an employee tests COVID positive. It is important to have proper HR protocols and this article offers some great reminders.