City hosting two mobile testings

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Two more COVID-19 mobile screening events have been set in Fredericksburg.

The first free testing event, conducted by the Texas Military Department, the City of Fredericksburg, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Texas Medical Task Force and the Texas Department of State Health Services, is underway today, Wednesday, and will continue until 5 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Fire and EMS Department South Station, 221 Friendship Lane.

A fourth testing has been scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 26, also at the EMS Department’s South Station.

Those wishing to be tested must register online at https://texas.curativeinc.com/welcome.

Testing will not be provided without registration. An email address is required in order to register.

The testing method being used is a throat swab test rather than a nasal swab. The event has the capacity to conduct up to 600 tests.

A screening process is also in place and being administered by State Health Department personnel trained to gather information and assess symptoms, which could suggest that a person should be tested for COVID-19.

Anyone with the primary symptoms of COVID-19, including fever and/or chills, dry or productive cough, fatigue, body aches/muscle or joint pain, shortness of breath, sore throat, headaches, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, nasal congestion, or loss of taste and/or smell, are eligible for testing without the need of a prescription from a medical professional. Anyone who is asymptomatic may also be tested.

Those being tested remain in their vehicles and are administered the test without leaving their automobile.

Once results are available, patients will receive a text message with a link to a portal with results and information. Those testing positive will also be contacted by their local health department.

For more information, contact Catherine Kuhlmann, Fredericksburg Fire EMS Infectious Disease Control Officer, at 830-992-9218.