Free COVID-19 testing available in McLennan County

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MCLENNAN COUNTY, Texas – Two new COVID-19 Testing sites have opened in McLennan County.

“One of our priorities was to make testing available for anyone who wanted it in the community or maybe outside of the normal health care system in the county,” says Ryan Dirker, the Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator.

These sites are making it easier for people to get tested for the Coronavirus.

“This has been in the works for quite some time. For nearly two months now. The first driving point was the weather. It’s getting a little hot here in the summer. It’s getting kind of hard for people to be out on the black top getting tested when its 105 degrees out. Secondarily, and actually probably more important, is that these walk up sites allow us to test more people,” says Dirker.

These are walk-up sites, and anyone is welcome to come get tested.

“You don’t need to make an appointment. You can just come to the sites and get in line. And if you’re within the first 600 people today through Wednesday, we will be able to get you a test free of charge,” says Dirker.

There is even an option for people who want to stay in their car instead of walking into a building to get tested.

“The site on Thursday is the more traditional drive-thru site that we’ve been doing for the past couple of months now, where people will be able to get registration links that have already been sent out through several avenues to make an appointment to come by,” says Dirker.

There is a limit to how many people can be tested at each site.

“They’re metered and only have the ability to test 600 per day,” says Dirker.

LOCATIONS:
July 27th – 29th:
Waco Multi-Purpose Facility
1020 Elm Ave, Waco, TX, 76704
Walk-up & no registration required
From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

University Baptist Church
1701 Dutton Ave, Waco, TX, 76706
Walk-up & no registration required
From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spanish speaking assistance is available.

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