Montgomery County joins new federal COVID testing and treatment program

Montgomery County is participating in a federal program that will test residents for COVID-19 and then treat them all at one location.

In March, HHS began distributing oral antiviral pills directly to participating Test to Treat pharmacy clinics, making more treatments available to more people in more places. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has also launched a program allowing long-term care pharmacies to directly order these antivirals to facilitate increased access for eligible long-term care residents who are at increased risk of develop a severe form of COVID-19.

There are three Test to Treat locations in the county, including Walgreens at 1120 N. Loop 336 in Conroe; CVS at 3705 FM 1488 at The Woodlands; and Walgreens at 6467 Woodlands Parkway in The Woodlands.

According to the Montgomery County Public Health District, if a person tests positive for COVID-19 at one of the county’s Test to Treat sites and the treatments are deemed appropriate for them, they can get a prescription from a healthcare provider and have the prescription filled in one place.

Residents can also bring test results obtained from a home test kit to Test to Treat sites and be assessed by a healthcare provider for treatment. One-stop Test to Treat sites are available nationwide at hundreds of federally licensed pharmacy clinics and health centers.

The “Test to Treat” COVID-19 locator is a publicly available tool and oral antiviral pills from Merck (18 or older) and Pfizer (12 or older) are available. This is for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19, to be assessed by the provider to determine if these therapies are available to the individual.

The Test to Treat program does not change existing requirements for qualified healthcare providers to write prescriptions for these drugs. Additionally, people can continue to be tested and treated by their own healthcare providers, who can prescribe these oral antivirals to eligible patients. Patients can pick up these prescriptions wherever oral antivirals are dispensed, which can also be found on the locator.

To find a Test to Treat location, visit https://covid-19-test-to-treat-locator-dhhs.hub.arcgis.com/.

A call center is also available at 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) for assistance in English, Spanish and over 150 other languages ​​— 8 a.m. to midnight ET, 7 days a week. The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is also available to specifically help people with disabilities access services. For assistance, call 1-888-677-1199, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET or email [email protected]

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