Newest Press Release 4-16-20
CommUnityCare Plans to Re-Open Clinics and Open Drive-up COVID-19 Testing Sites in Eastern Travis County
(Austin) – Central Health-funded CommUnityCare Health Centers announced it is re-opening some temporarily closed clinics in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is also opening drive-up testing sites in Eastern Travis County.
CommUnityCare’s Hornsby Bend Health Center re-opened Wednesday, April 15, and will resume regular clinic hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. CommUnityCare's Del Valle Health Center will open April 20 with modified hours, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. CommUnityCare plans to re-open health centers in Manor and Community First! Village next.
“Re-opening clinics has been our goal all along," CommUnityCare President & CEO Jaeson Fournier said. “Temporarily closing some of our smaller clinics was an incredibly difficult decision, but it was the responsible thing to do to conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) and support a safe environment for our patients and staff. The good news is that through our conservation efforts, consolidated services, and procuring additional PPE through commercial suppliers and community partners, the situation has stabilized, which means we’re able to re-open some clinics.”
CommUnityCare temporarily consolidated clinic operations beginning March 23 to conserve PPE and ensure a safe environment to deliver care and protect the safety of patients and staff. CommUnityCare also moved nearly 75% of its medical appointments to the telephone to limit in-person interactions between patients and providers, conserving PPE and eliminating the possibility of infection as a result of an office visit.
Additional Testing Sites in Eastern Travis County
CommUnityCare is expanding drive-up COVID-19 screening and testing to Eastern Travis County.
Drive-up testing will be offered Monday through Friday on a rotating basis in communities like Manor, Colony Park, Austin’s Colony/Hornsby Bend, Del Valle, and Dove Springs.
With invaluable input from residents, CommUnityCare is working to secure appropriate locations that are conveniently located with ample parking and electricity.
CommUnityCare plans to begin testing Thursday, April 16, in Del Valle at Southeast Metropolitan Park and Friday, April 17, at Barbara Jordan Elementary School in Colony Park. No appointment, insurance or payment is required for testing. A more complete schedule of drive-up testing locations will be released as additional sites are secured.
Drive-up testing sites are dependent on the availability of testing kits. CommUnityCare’s drive-up testing site at Hancock Center, 41st Street and IH 35 South, will remain open six days a week.
“We appreciate our partnerships across the communities we serve and the support of elected officials. The all-in community effort brings us together in this pandemic,” Central Health President & CEO Mike Geeslin said. “We need to do everything we can to support our front-line health professionals, public health workers, and patients – these are the real heroes in this public health crisis.”
Medical experts at each testing site first screen every patient for COVID-19 symptoms. If they meet certain criteria (e.g. symptoms like fever, cough, and difficulty breathing), patients are administered a test. Each site has limited number of test kits available each day. For information about testing, call CommUnityCare’s COVID-19 Hotline at 512-978-8775.
CommUnityCare Del Valle Drive-Up Testing
Del Valle at Southeast Metropolitan Park
4511 SH-71 W, Del Valle, TX 78617
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday
CommUnityCare Hancock Drive-Up Testing:
1000 E 41st Street Ste: 925, Austin, TX 78751
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday
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