With 10K vouchers issued, Montgomery County ends free COVID-19 testing program

The county-sponsored program provided around 10,000 free testing vouchers to residents, according to the county public health district. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
The county-sponsored program provided around 10,000 free testing vouchers to residents, according to the county public health district. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

The county-sponsored program provided around 10,000 free testing vouchers to residents, according to the county public health district. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

Montgomery County's free COVID-19 testing voucher program is set to end its six-month run Nov. 11, the county public health and hospital districts announced Nov. 10.

The two entities first approved the purchase of around 12,000 COVID-19 tests with grants from the federal coronavirus relief package in late April. Both symptomatic and asymptomatic county residents were able to obtain one free testing voucher each through the program beginning in mid-May for testing at America’s ER, the Lone Star Family Health Center and Woodlands Functional Family Medicine.

As of Nov. 10, around 10,000 Montgomery County residents participated in the voucher program this year, the hospital and health districts said.

Free testing vouchers will remain available through Nov. 11 either online or by calling the county COVID-19 call center at 936-523-3916 and are valid through Nov. 25. The call center will remain open for questions related to COVID-19 from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. on weekdays following the end of the voucher program.

According to Montgomery County data, 148,763 COVID-19 tests had been administered in Montgomery County through Nov. 5, the most recent date with case information due to an ongoing county database upgrade. A total of 14,280 COVID-19 cases—9.6% of all tests—had been identified in the county through Nov. 5.

Just over 2,000 cases remained active in the county Nov. 5, and 159 county resident deaths related to the disease had been confirmed.
By Ben Thompson
Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2019 and is a reporter for The Woodlands edition.


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