Governor Greg Abbott’s office announced today that it will team up with various Chamber of Commerce organizations and the Texas Division of Emergency Management to provide the testing supplies.

"This rapid testing pilot program will protect the safety of small business owners, their employees, and Texas consumers as we continue to combat COVID-19," said Governor Abbott. "This effective strategy will help us detect and mitigate this virus while ensuring that Texas remains safely open for business. I thank the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for providing these tests and our participating Chamber of Commerce organizations for partnering with the State of Texas to help protect our communities."

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The AISD is also using a similar pilot program:

Amarillo Independent School District students will now have access to free COVID-19 testing through the district beginning Tuesday, Dec. 8. Those who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be able to be tested at the district’s drive-through testing site. Parents must be present for a student to be tested according to the AISD.

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"As more students return to campus for in-person instruction, the State of Texas is working alongside school officials to provide resources to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among students and staff," said Governor Abbott. "Thank you to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for providing these advanced antigen tests to the State of Texas. This rapid testing pilot program will be an effective strategy to protect the health and safety of students and staff while helping to further ensure that Texas students have access to a quality education throughout the pandemic and beyond."

The Amarillo Chamber of Commerce is participating in this pilot program to offer rapid COVID testing to small businesses.