WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas - The Willaimson County Sheriff's Office has begun a pilot program to begin checking on the public during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The pilot program titled "WilCO Wellness Check" is aimed specifically to help those who are vulnerable to coronavirus due to age or underlying health issues.
"Do you have a family member, friend, acquaintance and/or any person who relies on another for support that needs to be checked on during this pandemic? The WCSO has set up an email for those who may need a deputy to attempt contact with your loved ones or those you care for if you are unable," the sheriff's office said in a press release.
WSCO outlined these guidelines for the pilot program:
- This is not a replacement for 911 calls. If it's an emergency, CALL 911.
- Services are intended ONLY for the Williamson County Sheriff's Office jurisdiction. Not available within city limits.
- Checks will be conducted during 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday and answered based on the availability of deputies. (Some exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.)
- Each request is for one single check of a specific address. If more than one check is desired a separate and new email must be generated.
- This is a pilot program to determine the need of our community and may be suspended at any time.
If you have an interest in using the WSCO pilot program, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the exact address of the person(s) being checked.
The sheriff's office is also asking that any detailed information is included that may help to better aid the deputies upon the wellness check such as any known medical needs.
FOX 7 Austin is working to keep you up to date with coronavirus, with both local and national developments. Every weekday we're live at 12 p.m. with a special show reporting the latest news, prevention tips and treatment information.
You can also get the latest COVID-19 news from around the country at coronavirusnow.com.