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Cases are on the rise in McLennan County, wearing face coverings does not substitute for social distancing. Please continue to be as safe as possible.

In summary: The McLennan County Health Authority has rescinded the School Control Order delaying the start of in-person classes and on-campus activities. Schools are urged to consider starting after Labor Day. The State of Texas, through the Texas Education Agency (TEA), has established extensive guidelines for public schools in Texas regarding reopening for fall classes. Similarly, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) has issued guidelines for extra-curricular activities for its participating schools. Today (7/28), Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a letter in response to a question from the Mayor of Stephenville, Texas, in which he opined that a Local Health Authority does not have the authority to close schools on a purely preventative basis.


The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (TX DSHS), as well as other health partners in monitoring the developing outbreak. The City and the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District communicates daily with area hospitals and healthcare providers to share information.


In partnership with the Waco-McLennan County Office of Emergency Management and the Texas Division of Emergency Management we are offering free COVID-19 testing at various sites throughout July and August. All testing sites are FREE. These are cheek swab tests with results back in 24 to 72 hours. (Result times vary.)

Note: As shown below, drive-through testing must register first, walk-up tests require no registration. *There is a limit to 600 tests per day, per location.

If you suspect you may have the Coronavirus (COVID-19), you are encouraged to be tested.


August 13th – 15th:
MCC Highlander Gym
1710 Powell Dr
Waco, TX, 76708
Walk-up & no registration required
From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Mask Donation

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is handling the requests for donations in the community relating to COVID-19.

If you have items to donate (hand sanitizers, medical masks, sanitizing wipes, etc.) please contact their office for items to be dispersed to those that need it most.

Know Your Risk During Covid-19

Why is Social Distancing Important?