Austin ISD temporarily closes COVID-19 testing hubs due to low supplies

Austin ISD is still offering rapid tests at eight campuses. (Courtesy Flickr)
Austin ISD is still offering rapid tests at eight campuses. (Courtesy Flickr)

Austin ISD is still offering rapid tests at eight campuses. (Courtesy Flickr)

Austin ISD closed three of its 11 COVID-19 testing hubs Jan. 13 due to supply limits, the school district announced on Twitter.

Starting Nov. 1, students and staff could receive free rapid antigen tests through a partnership with Concentric by Ginkgo, a company that has partnered with more than 1,000 schools in more than 15 states in the United States to get students tested, according to the company’s website.

Testing at Kiker Elementary School, Navarro Early College High School and Norman-Sims Elementary School would not be open Jan. 13 because of low rapid test supplies, according to the tweet.

Families can still visit one of the district’s eight other testing hubs from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, or they can get tested at the Burger Activity Center through Nomi Health. Students and staff testing at school campuses must fill out a consent form, as should those choosing the Burger testing center.

The eight active Austin ISD testing sites include those listed below.

  • Travis Early College High School, 1211 E. Oltorf St., Austin

  • Northeast Early College High School, 7104 Berkman Drive, Austin

  • Akins High School, 10701 S. 1st St., Austin

  • Pillow Elementary School, 3025 Crosscreek Drive, Austin

  • Eastside Early College High School, 900 Thompson St., Austin

  • Cunningham Elementary School, 2200 Berkeley Ave., Austin

  • Blazier Intermediate School, 8801 Vertex Blvd., Austin

  • McCallum High School, 5600 Sunshine Drive, Austin

By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.