COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) As the COIVD-19 pandemic continues, those in Coryell County now have an opportunity to get tested for free.
The testing will be conducted by Texas Health and Human Services at Copperas Cove Fire Station #2 and the Gatesville Civic Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.
Copperas Cove Deputy Fire Chief Gary Young says registration is required to take a test.
“If they don’t have an appointment, they’ll be able to roll their window down and be given a piece of paper with information on registering for an appointment at another location,” he said.
“Then they’ll be pulled out of line and be able to exit the testing area.”
It is recommended that those exhibiting Coronavirus symptoms be tested. Symptoms can include fever, cough, fatigue, body aches, shortness of breath, sore throat, headaches, loss of taste and smell, nasal congestion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
“If an individual is experiencing any of those symptoms, that might be what it takes to be able to pass the screening to show that they need the test,” he said.
Resident Christopher Gomez says he just learned about the free testing, and still plans to register his family even without showing symptoms.
“You can have the virus without showing symptoms,” he said.
“Everything’s opening back up and cases are going to rise. The virus isn’t going away.”
Even as businesses continue to reopen, Young says it’s still important to socially distance, even if results come back negative.
“We need to continue to practice social distancing because the vast majority of people around the world don’t have an immunity to COVID-19,” he said.
“COVID-19 isn’t immediately going away.”
Anyone interested in registering for a test tomorrow or at another location can visit txcovidtest.org or call (512)-883-2400.