NOLANVILLE, TX — The pandemic is still in full swing, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon.
In rural Nolanville, resident Coree Trammell says there needs to be local sites where families, seniors, veterans and others can go for testing.
“We need to have as many test sites as we possibly can. If we can afford it, then we need to put it out there,” he said.
“I think it would be helpful to the people that do want to take the COVID-19 test,” said Nolanville resident Patricia Frazier.
Thanks to funding from the CARES Act, Nolanville is ready give the community its own, permanent testing site.
“We’ve had testing here before. We’ve used tents and that sort of thing, which it is much more sanitary to have an actual facility they can use,” said Nolanville city councilmember Patrick Ramsdell.
Ramsdell says they plan to use more than $187,000 to turn the back of the Central Bell County Fire and Rescue Department into a testing facility.
“Sometimes with transportation or busyness, that sort of thing. [We're] making it very, very convenient for our residents to come down to a central location. [It] will make it a little bit easier for them to come down," he said.
“We can find out who has the virus and who doesn’t, that way we can do all the backtracking and contact tracing," Trammell said.
Construction should start later this month with completion expected by the end of the year, not a moment too soon for those looking to stay healthy.
Ramsdell says residents will also be able to receive vaccines at the testing sites. The volunteer fire department will be able to use a facility for their needs as well.