Drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be provided this week in several locations in Bowie County and Hope, Arkansas. Information is as follows:

In Bowie County, there are two sites offering free testing.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 18-20th, a walk-in testing site will be set up at the Texarkana-Bowie Family Health Center from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. No appointment is needed.

On Saturday, June 20th, 2020 a drive-thru testing site will be provided in New Boston at #1 Trailhead Park Plaza at the pavilion. The test is FREE. However, an appointment will be required for this site. Register on Friday by calling 512-883-2400 or visit https://txcovidtest.org.

The Hempstead County Health Unit will be providing free COVID-19 testing as well this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of Hempstead Hall on the University of Arkansas Hope campus. Area residents are encouraged to attend this free drive-thru testing event whether they are showing coronavirus symptoms or not.  A free meal will be provided to the first 150 attendees who are screened.

Per our sister station, Kicker 102.5, those wishing to be tested should enter the campus from the South entrance by the electronic sign. Signs, volunteers, and the Hope Police Department will direct traffic from there. The University of Arkansas Hope campus will be closed to the public all day Saturday, June 20, except for those being tested. Closures include the campus Walking Trail and the Pavilion.

For more information, contact Debbie Howard, Arkansas Department of Health Hempstead County Health Unit Administrator at 870-777-2191 or debbie.howard@arkansas.gov.