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News From Harlingen, Texas
Harlingen, Texas– The City of Harlingen has partnered with its 9-1-1 provider, South Texas Emergency Care Foundation (STEC) to test elderly and lower-income or indigent Harlingen residents for COVID-19 in the comfort of their own homes if they’ve been exposed to the virus.
The program is part of an agreement approved by the Harlingen City Commission as a means to help residents who can’t travel to a test site as well as to alleviate an overwhelming surge at local hospitals.
The City will cover the cost of the tests and STEC is providing the service for free to the city and the patient as a means to protect the well-being of the community.
This is how the program works:
This program is not for everyone though. The City is providing testing at no cost for Harlingen residents that can visit the UTRGV testing site at the Regional Academic Health Center located at 2102 Treasure Hills Boulevard. This site is open Tuesdays and Thursdays and an appointment is required. To set one up, residents can visit uthealthrgv.org/coronavirus or by calling the UT Health RGV Call Center at 1-833-UTRGVMD (1-833-887-4863). They can also be tested at no cost in Brownsville. To make an appointment for this site, visit BTXcares.com.
Again, this home testing program is for the indigent, elderly, and homebound Harlingen residents only.
Meantime, the City of Harlingen continues to take proactive measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the community. Everyone is encouraged to continue practicing social distancing, washing their hands frequently, wearing facial coverings, and staying home if not feeling well.
City of Harlingen
118 E Tyler Ave
Harlingen, TX 78550
Phone: (956) 216-5000
24-Hour Reporting Hotline
“Ensure a business-friendly climate focused on economic growth, quality of life and efficient delivery of excellent services to our community.”
CONTACT NUMBER BY DEPARTMENT
(956) 216-5000, City Hall
(956) 216-5101, Lon C Hill Building
(956) 216-5300, Public Works
(956) 216-5400, Police Department
(956) 230-8011, Fire Department
(956) 216-5800, Public Library
(956) 216-5900, Telecomm Center
MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSIONERS
Chris Boswell, Mayor
Richard Uribe, Commissioner, District 1
Frank Puente, Commissioner, District 2
Michael Mezmar, Commissioner, District 3
Ruben De La Rosa, Commissioner, District4
Victor Leal, Commissioner, District 5
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