The COVID-19 testing site at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds will be now operated by the state of Texas.

Starting on Monday, the testing site at the Fairgrounds, located at 4310 Highway 36 in Rosenberg, will be conducted by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department back in March originally started the site. The county will continue to operate the other four testing sites in Richmond, Sugar Land, Missouri City and Katy.

FBCHHS director Dr. Jacquelyn Minter told county commissioners about the change, which will allow the county to save resources, as well as how the county wants to change to mobile testing sites.

“(Mobile testing) will allow us to have more flexibility to reach hotspot areas (in the county),” Minter said.

Minter also said that even though Fort Bend County has reached over 2,000 cases of COVID-19, hospital space of patients with the coronavirus is only at 1% and a third of the cases lead to recovery.

“The severity of the disease is certainly at the moment affecting us less than it did in the beginning,” Minter said. “And that kind of makes sense as things evolve and more people are being tested.”

The testing site at the Fairgrounds will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Wednesday, June 17. The site will be closed on Saturday, June 13.

Testing at the Fairgrounds is by appointment only and you must have symptoms of the coronavirus, which include having a fever and/or chills, a cough or shortness of breath.

To register, visit www.txcovidtest.org or call 512-883-2400. If you are asymptomatic and want to be tested, you must call to register.

Patients will receive their results online using their last name, date of birth and a one-time PIN number. Results will be posted on https://results.txemtf.org.

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