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COVID-19 COMMUNITY TESTING EVENTS TAKING PLACE IN FEBRUARY
COVID-19 community testing events will be taking place this month, over a span of four days. These testing events will be offered free of charge to the public. The testing events are scheduled for Monday, February 15, 2021 through Thursday, February 18, 2021. All testing will take place at the Pioneer Pavilion located at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.
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. The events will have the capacity to conduct up to 600 tests.
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 additional information, please contact Catherine Kuhlmann, Fredericksburg Fire EMS Infectious Disease Control Officer, at (830)992-9218.
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will provide approximately $300 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of February as the state continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
HHSC received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the maximum, allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients based on family size. The emergency February allotments are in addition to the more than $2 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans since April 2020.
Recipients will also continue to receive a 15 percent increase in their total benefits, which will continue monthly until June 2021. This additional 15 percent increase and the emergency allotment amount should appear in recipients’ accounts by Feb. 28.
Administered by HHSC, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1.6 million eligible low-income families and individuals in Texas.
Texans in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, at YourTexasBenefits.com or use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage their benefits.
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