City sets COVID-19 mobile screening event


Another COVID-19 mobile screening event has been set.

The 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, will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at the Fredericksburg Fire and EMS Department South Station, 221 Friendship Lane.

Those wishing to be tested must register online at Testing will not be provided without registration.

Those wishing to be tested can sign up for an appointment 24 hours prior to the testing day. An email address is required in order to register.

The testing method that will be used for this event will be a throat swab test rather than a nasal swab. The event will have the capacity to conduct up to 600 tests.

A screening process will be in place and 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, will be eligible for testing without the need of a prescription from a medical professional. Anyone who is asymptomatic may also be tested.

Those being tested will remain in their vehicle and be 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.