AUSTIN, Texas - Williamson County continues to expand its testing capabilities. Today, a mobile test site opened for the day in Taylor led by the National Guard.
“At the direction of the governor, we're out here to conduct some testings in some of the rural areas and some of the untouched areas in the state of Texas, specifically in the Austin capital region,” said Captain Issac Nabarrett with the National Guard.
Taylor residents drove up to the mobile COVID-19 testing site in Taylor led by the national guard.
“The reason why the National Guard’s here is because I asked the head of emergency management. We're grateful not only that they're in Williamson County, but that they're here in Taylor which has been an area that we've not been able to serve before today with testing,” said Bill Gravell, Williamson County Judge.
Captain Nabarrett with the National Guard says this isn't the first test site he's been a part of. He says he's been to 29 counties in the Austin area to conduct these mobile testing sites.
“It's really just an understanding of the virus footprint and getting the right data for the state officials,” said Captain Nabarrett.
Williamson County currently has over 350 COVID-19 cases.
Saturday’s testing site in Taylor was a one-day thing, but WILCO has multiple other sites that are permanent. Click here to find them.
“We've had hundreds of cases here in Williamson County and we've had some cluster outbreaks in some of our area nursing homes. What we've learned is if we can test you and isolate you, then we can protect the rest of the community and we can protect you as well,” said Judge Gravell.
To reach the Texas COVID-19 call center by the National Guard, call 512-883-2400.
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