BRAZOS COUNTY, TX — COVID-19 testing continues to provide vital information for state and local officials as they work to reopen the economy.
Thursday marked a new mission for state officials as they are relying on test data to track the spread of the coronavirus
“This is part of the ongoing state project to do as many testings within the state of Texas to establish a baseline of how extensive the coronavirus and COVID-19 is," explained Brazos County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jim Stewart.
Through a partnership, the Texas Department of Emergency Management is offering free mobile drive-thru testing across the state.
“In the last week or so they were in some of our surrounding counties," said Stewart. "Today is Brazos County’s opportunity for their citizens, their residents to come and be tested.”
Residents and law enforcement came out to take advantage of the free exam.
"Because I get tested today doesn't mean I cant come across somebody tomorrow," explained Blinn College's Assistant Chief of Police Jennifer Taylor.
Officer Taylor says taking advantage of the available free tests is crucial.
“It's vital that you understand and know that there is free testing out there for you," she said. "A lot of people are without a job. If they aren’t without a job right now some people are going to be laid off soon. This is going to affect us for a while."
Texas Army National Guard Regional 7th Commander Captain Isaac Nabarrette says providing testing makes a bigger priority for a bigger mission.
"At the direction of the governor, we are committed to conduct this mission in its entirety," he explained.
T.D.E.M. will continue its way through Central Texas as they are schedule to offer free testing sites in both Bell and McLennan County.
In Bell County, testing will take place in Troy and Rogers. McLennan County testing will take place at the Waco Fire Station #5 and the Bellmead Civic Center by appointment only.
If you would like to schedule an appointment visit www.txcovidtest.org or call 512-883-2400.