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The COVID-19 test site at the Metz primary school will be closed on Thursday

Austin Public Health said the decision to close the site was made because COVID-19 testing and vaccines are “now widely available in the area.”

Austin, Texas – Austin Public Health will close its COVID-19 testing site at Metz Elementary on Thursday 27th October.

The health department said the decision to close the site was made because COVID-19 testing and vaccines are “now widely available in the area.”

“In March 2020, APH quickly reallocated personnel and laboratory resources to prioritize testing once laboratory test materials became readily available to the public,” APH said in a press release Wednesday. “The emergency response was necessary to fill a testing gap created by the rapid transmission of the virus and limited testing capabilities and supplies within the community.”

In February, APH consolidated several testing sites on the Metz Elementary campus to meet changing needs. It said that if there is a surge, it can set up a test site with a contract provider to support demand within the community.

“Since the pandemic began, APH staff have stepped up, working tirelessly through extreme weather to put the needs of the community ahead of their own and ensure everyone has 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 offer this testing service or reliable rapid home testing kits. I am very proud of our staff for the remarkable service they have provided to our communities at a time of great need. COVID-19 continues to be a significant threat to our communities and Anyone with symptoms should be tested for the virus so they can’t spread it to others.”

Since the pandemic began, APH has mobilized 12 COVID-19 testing sites, collected 200,836 COVID-19 PCR tests, and distributed 52,473 rapid COVID-19 antigen test kits to 79 organizations and 5,104 households.

APH Neighborhood Services continues to offer free rapid COVID-19 test kits while supplies last at the following locations:

Those seeking information about testing opportunities can call the APH hotline at 512-972-5560.

APH continues to operate free COVID-19 and flu vaccination clinics in Austin-Travis County. Visitvaccines.gov(Vacunas.govin Spanish) to find flu and COVID-19 vaccine providers near you.

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