COVID-19 Surge Testing
Governor Greg Abbott has announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is partnering with the State of Texas and local officials to offer temporary COVID-19 surge testing in McLennan County.
Waco, Texas, is the first community to offer saliva testing for COVID-19 through the federal Community-Based Testing Site (CBTS) program starting October 16. Local officials will offer the Fluidigm saliva test at three sites through mid-November. The CBTS program provides COVID-19 “surge testing sites” for a limited period in areas where there has been a recent and significant increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in partnership with local communities and private companies.
“Saliva tests are easy to perform, and many people may find them more comfortable than nasal swab tests,” said ADM Brett Giroir, M.D., HHS assistant secretary for health. “Our goal is to build our nation’s capacity for reliable, accurate and timely testing so that every American who needs a COVID-19 test — including those who do not have symptoms — can get one. Offering different types of tests helps us meet this goal.”
HHS has allocated 40,000 COVID-19 tests for this effort. Testing sites are listed below and have been established through a partnership with HHS Assistant Secretary for Health ADM Brett P. Giroir, MD, the State of Texas, McClennan County, the City of Waco, Baylor University, the Waco Convention Center, Waco ISD, McLennan Community College, and the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
To save time, pre-registration is recommended by going online and printing out your completed registration form. If you do not have access to a printer, you can complete the form or print it out at any of the four Waco libraries or three Community Centers locations at no charge.
Visit https://covidwaco.com/test/ for the most current times and locations. This information is updated regularly.
Registration will also be available on-site. Waco Transit will be providing free transit rides to anyone going to or from a testing site for testing.
Test results will be sent by email or you can log on to the eTrueNorth portal at www.doineedacovid19test.com and click the Get Results button.