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Free drive-thru COVID-19 tests return to Waco area

Free drive-thru COVID-19 tests return to Waco area

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The local health district will revive drive-thru testing clinics at McLennan Community College and Waco ISD Stadium starting Thursday.

The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District is bringing back free COVID-19 tests starting Thursday amid a surge in new cases.

The clinics will be held weekdays and Saturdays at two Waco locations, with registration required in advance.

The clinics will offer self-administered tests with a shallow nose swab, and results will be available within two or three days. The clinics will provide up to 200 tests per day.

“To qualify for testing you should be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19,” according to a press release announcing the clinics.

Appointments are required and available by visiting or calling 833-213-0643. Patients should bring their insurance card if they are insured, but there should be no out-of-pocket cost, according to the press release. Others are covered by a federal program for the uninsured.

The health district stopped offering free testing clinics in late May after demand for the testing slackened and the focus shifted to vaccinations.

However, the number of active cases has spiked to 1,252, a number not seen since January.

Symptoms for COVID-19 may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

The drive-thru tests are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at McLennan Community College’s Community Services Parking Lot M, 4601 N. 19th St.

Tests are also available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays at Waco ISD Stadium, 1401 S. New Road.

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