Austin Public Health will close its final COVID-19 testing site on Thursday

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The only remaining COVID-19 testing site operated by Austin Public Health will close for Maundy Thursday due to declining demand and the wide availability of other testing resources.

The department announced it will end stand-alone testing operations at the former Metz Elementary School campus in east Austin. It consolidated the testing services of this building in February earlier this year.

Adrienne Sturrup, director of APH, announced the change in a news release Wednesday afternoon. She wrote in a statement: “Since the beginning of the pandemic, APH staff have stepped up and worked tirelessly in extreme weather conditions to put the needs of the community above their own and ensure that everyone has a place to go to get tested for COVID-19. There are now 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 in a time of great need. COVID-19 is still a significant threat to our communities and anyone with symptoms should be tested about the virus so they can avoid spreading it to others.”

APH will still be distributing rapid antigen test kits while supplies last at the following six neighborhood centers around Austin:

  • Rosewood Zaragoza Neighborhood Center – 2800 Webberville Road (512-972-6740).
  • Downtown South Austin – 2508 Durwood Street (512-972-6840).
  • St. John community center – 7500 Blessing Avenue (512-972-5159).
  • East Austin Community Center – 211 Comal Street (512-972-6650).
  • Montopolis community center – 1200 Montopolis Drive (512-972-6705).
  • Blackland Neighborhood Centre – 2005 Salina Street (512-972-5790).

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, APH reported that it has established 12 COVID-19 testing sites, collected more than 200,000 PCR tests, and distributed almost 53,000 rapid test kits.

People who want to learn information about testing options can call the APH Information Line at 512-972-5560. The department will be able to refer them to a primary care provider for an in-person or virtual visit, an urgent care clinic visit, an at-home test or provide a list of local businesses that offer COVID-19 testing and at-home kits .

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