Two free mobile testing sites for COVID-19 will be available next week, one in Hunt County and the other in Rockwall County, as the numbers of individuals who have been confirmed to be carrying the virus continue to rise.
Hunt County Emergency Management Director Richard Hill said the Commerce Fire Department, 1103 Sycamore St., will be hosting an event starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 20. Appointments are required and can be scheduled starting on Monday by visiting txcovidtest.org or calling 512-883-2400.
Mobile testing is also scheduled from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lake Pointe Church, 701 E. Interstate 30 in Rockwall. Appointments are also required and can be arranged via the above locations.
Those taking the test at either site will be screened before the process begins to determine if they are showing symptoms of the virus.
After two days of no changes in the local statistics, there was a sudden spike reported Thursday night in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hunt County, with eight more people confirmed with the virus.
The office of County Judge Bobby Stovall reported the Hunt County Health Department completed an initial investigation and determined the individuals in question included a female, aged 31-49, residing in ZIP code 75401, which includes the city of Greenville; a female, aged 31-49, residing in ZIP code 75189, which includes the areas of Royse City in Hunt County; a female, aged 50-64, from ZIP code 75474, which includes the city of Quinlan; a female, aged 31-49 from ZIP code 75474; a male, aged 0-17, from ZIP code 75474; a female, aged 0-17, from ZIP code 75474; a female, aged 65-plus from ZIP code from 75474; and a female, aged 31-49, residing in ZIP code 75423, which includes Celeste and an area of Hunt County between Merit, Leonard and White Rock.
All of the individuals were reported to be recovering at home.
The official daily report from Stovall’s office indicated Hunt County was listing 63 total confirmed cases of the virus as of press time Friday. Of those, 43 people were said to have recovered, while 17 individuals were listed as current cases, all of whom were reported recovering at home.
Three people were reported to have died in Hunt County because of COVID-19 as of Wednesday.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, a total of 1,481 people had been tested in Hunt County as of Friday afternoon, 66 more than at the same point Thursday.