Free COVID-19 testing to be done in Palestine on Fri. and Sat.

PALESTINE – A free walk-up testing location will be operational in Palestine on Friday and Saturday.

The free oral tests will be given from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day at the Palestine Civic Center, 1819 Spring St. No appointment is needed and you do not have to have COVID-19 symptoms to be tested.

According to the Northeast Texas Public Health District, oral saliva testing also will be provided at the Marshall Convention Center, 2501 E. End Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 15.

Meanwhile, in Longview, nasal swab testing – which doesn't include antibody testing – is held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekly, Monday through Saturday until further notice.

Those tested must have access to a cell phone in order to receive their test results.

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Testing will be done by the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

Individuals experiencing or developing COVID-19 symptoms are advised to call NET Health's COVID-19 Community Call Center at (903) 617-6404 and speak with the Community Health Workers at the Center for Healthy Living, who will provide free phone consultation and refer the individual to an appropriate testing location.

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