County to Host Two Weeks of Free, Mobile Testing Sites

Belton, TX – Beginning Wednesday, September 1, Bell County will be hosting two weeks of free COVID-19 testing at mobile locations around the county. The event will kick off Wednesday at St. Luke United Methodist Church (700 North 4th Street) in Killeen at 10:00 a.m. Over the next two weeks, sites will be held at 10 different locations in Killeen, Harker Heights, Temple, and Belton.

Bob Reinhard, Director of Bell County Emergency Management, worked to organize the mobile testing operation after hearing there was a need.

“In talking with our local healthcare providers, we learned that each of our hospitals was seeing its Emergency Department inundated with people looking to get COVID testing,” Reinhard said. “It is putting an additional strain on what is an already strained system.”

Reinhard hopes that increasing opportunities for free testing at accessible locations around the county will help patients stay out of the Emergency Room.

Bell County has contracted with Bio IQ to move its mobile testing unit to convenient locations throughout the county over a 14-day period. As part of the contract, Bio IQ will be providing all testing materials, equipment, and personnel to run the clinic. The company will be using the PCR test, which, while not rapid, yields more reliable results. Those results will be emailed and texted directly to patients once completed.

Bio IQ offers patients the choice to register in advance through its website. Those pre-registrations are encouraged but not required. Walk-ups will be welcome at each site. The hours of operation for each location will be from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

“We hope that by offering testing at sites in four different cities over two weeks that everyone will be able to find a time and location that works for them,” Reinhard said. “Our goal is to give patients another resource to keep their family and community safe, while alleviating strain on our local healthcare providers.”

Below is a scheduling of Mobile Testing sites:

DATE

CITY

LOCATION

Time

Wednesday, 09/01

KILLEEN

St Luke United Methodist Church
700 North 4th St, Killeen, TX 76541

10:00 a.m.
- 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, 09/02

HARKER HEIGHTS

Summit Soccer Fields
401 N. Amy Ln, Harker Heights, TX 76548

10:00 a.m.
- 6:00 p.m.

Friday, 09/03

TEMPLE

First Baptist Church
8015 W. Adams Ave, Temple, TX 76502

10:00 a.m.
- 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, 09/04

TEMPLE

First Baptist Church
8015 W. Adams Ave, Temple, TX 76502

10:00 a.m.
- 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 09/05

BELTON

Central Texas Council of Governments
2180 N. Main St, Belton, TX 76513

10:00 a.m.
- 6:00 p.m.

Monday, 09/06

KILLEEN

Old Nolan Middle School
505 Jasper Rd, Killeen, TX 76541

10:00 a.m.
- 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 09/07

KILLEEN

Texas A&M University-Central Texas
1001 Leadership Pl, Killeen, TX 76549

10:00 a.m.
- 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 09/08

BELTON

Bell County Expo Center
301 W. Loop 121, Belton, TX 76513

10:00 a.m.
- 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, 09/09

HARKER HEIGHTS

Summit Soccer Fields
401 N. Amy Ln, Harker Heights, TX 76548

10:00 a.m.
- 6:00 p.m.

Friday, 09/10

BELTON

Bell County Expo Center
301 W. Loop 121, Belton, TX 76513

10:00 a.m.
- 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, 09/11

TEMPLE

First Baptist Church
8015 W. Adams Ave, Temple, TX 76502

10:00 a.m.
- 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 09/12

TEMPLE

Old Bank next to Central Fire Station
201 S. 5th. St, Temple, TX 76501

10:00 a.m.
- 6:00 p.m.

Monday, 09/13

KILLEEN

Clements Boys and Girls Club
5100 Trimmier Rd, Killeen, TX 76542

10:00 a.m.
- 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 09/14

HARKER HEIGHTS

Harker Heights Community Park
1501 East FM 2410, Harker Heights, Tx. 76548

10:00 a.m.
- 6:00 p.m.