APH COVID-19 testing clinic at Metz Elementary to close – AustinTexas.gov

by | Oct 26, 2022 | COVID-19

AUSTIN, Texas – With COVID-19 testing and vaccines now widely available in the region, Austin Public Health (APH) will close its remaining testing site effective Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022.  In March 2020, APH quickly redirected staff and laboratory resources to prioritize testing once laboratory testing supplies became readily available to the public. This emergency response was necessary to fill a testing void created by the rapid transmission of the virus and limited testing capabilities and supplies within the community. After two years of service, APH has:
Mobilized 12 COVID-19 testing sites.
Collected 200,836 COVID-19 PCR tests.
Distributed 52,473 COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits among 79 organizations and 5,104 households.
In February of this year, APH consolidated multiple testing sites to the Metz Elementary campus to meet evolving needs. In the event of a surge, APH can stand up a testing site with a contracted vendor to support demand within the community. 
“Since the pandemic began, APH staff stepped up and worked tirelessly in extreme weather to place community needs above their own, and to ensure everyone had a place to go for COVID-19 testing,” said APH director Adrienne Sturrup. “Now, there are retailers, clinics and pharmacies in the area that can provide this testing service, or reliable rapid home test kits. I am extremely proud of our staff for the remarkable service they provided to our communities at a time of great need. COVID-19 is still a significant threat to our communities and anyone with s …

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