Coronavirus is something to at least have caution with, and there will be mobile testing here once again on Monday.
The testing will be free of charge and will be at Chandler Street Church of Christ, located at 2700 Chandler Street, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Anyone planning to be tested will need to register to do so; to register, simply go online to txcovidtest.org, or call (512) 883-2400. The tests are conducted by appointment only, so you can’t just show up and get tested; registering will be essential.
Symptoms that will allow you to be screened include fever or chills, cough (dry or not), fatigue, body aches or muscle and joint pain, shortness of breath, headaches, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, nasal congestion, or loss of taste or smell.
The testing is provided by the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Texas Military Department.
Gregg County Health Administrator A.J. Harris reported Thursday’s virus figures as having two new in Gregg County, and 4,000 in East Texas overall – 306 now in Gregg County, 318 in Smith County (including Tyler), according to the Northeast Texas Public Health District. One hundred fifteen results are pending in Gregg, and there have been 126 documented recoveries, 13 deaths.
Also as of Thursday, there are 99,851 cases of the virus, and there have been a staggering 2,105 deaths, with 63, 812 estimated recoveries.
The number of new cases reported on Thursday in the state was 3,516, a record for a third straight day.
Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday local governments can require businesses to mandate customers and workers to wear face masks after one the state’s most populous counties ordered such a measure amid record numbers of new cases of coronavirus and hospitalizations.
The order for Bexar County, which includes the San Antonio area, takes effect Monday and businesses could face fines up to $1,000 for failing to comply.
Abbott, a Republican, has refused to order individuals to wear masks as part of his statewide orders, but said other local governments are free to do the same as Bexar County. The mayor of Austin said his city would.
Associated Press material was utilized in this report.