The greater Houston area has several operating coronavirus COVID-19 testing sites. But many people with symptoms still do not know the process to get tested.
There are public testing sites and private sites. Some are free of charge, others cost a fee or bill a patient's insurance.
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No matter what, people with COVID-19 symptoms should first contact their family doctor and/or take a pre-screening test before heading to a testing site.
Typical symptoms include fever, cough or difficulty breathing. If you are experiencing a health emergency, and not just symptoms, you should call 911.
High-risk people are defined as those who are older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.
United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) will offer weekday testing (nasal swab by healthcare professional) at drive-thru test sites at:
- Plaza Americas Mall, 7500 Bellaire Blvd.,
- Houston Community College - Southeast, 6815 Rustic,
- UMMC Tidwell, 510 W. Tidwell Rd., and
- Houston Community College - North Forest, 6010 Little York.
The sites don’t require appointments and offer testing from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until reaching daily capacity of 300 tests. People needing information about UMMC test sites can call 1-866-333-COVID or visit ummcscreening.com.
Houston Health Department
The Houston Health Department, in partnership with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services and the State of Texas, will offer testing (self nasal swab) at its Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star Drive. The site has a 1,250 daily test capacity and will open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Appointments are available at doineedacovid19test.com. On-site registration is also available.
The department also offers free drive-thru testing (self nasal swab) at the Aramco Services Company, 9009 W. Loop South. The mega testing site will open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It remains open until reaching daily capacity of 1,000 tests.
People wanting to get tested at the Aramco site can call the department’s COVID-19 Call Center at 832-393-4220 between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to receive an access code.
The department will also offer drive thru testing (self nasal swab) at four other sites. The sites don’t require appointments and open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until reaching its daily capacity of 250 tests. The sites and their days of operations are:
- Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center, 4014 Market St., Oct. 27-29,
- Magnolia Multi-Service Center, 7037 Capitol, Oct. 27-31,
- Higher Dimension Church, 9800 Club Creek Dr., Oct. 28-30, and
- Melrose Community Center, 1001 Canino Rd., Oct. 27-31, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
The department will provide (self nasal swab) testing at the METRO Addicks Park & Ride, 14230 Katy Freeway, and the Multicultural Center, 951 Tristar Drive, city of Webster. Appointments are available by calling the department’s call center at 832-393-4220.
The department’s Area Agency on Aging offers free in-home COVID-19 testing to people who live in Harris County. Call 800-213-8471 for information. Supplies are limited and the service is available only in October.
Texas Division of Emergency Management
Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Houston Astros offer free COVID-19 tests (self oral swab) daily at Minute Maid Park (Lot C), 2208 Preston. The testing site’s capacity is 1,200 tests per day.
The site features evening hours twice a week, eight drive-thru testing lanes and four walk-up testing lanes. It opens 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday and from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Spanish-speaking staff is available on-site. Visit texas.curativeinc.com to set an appointment or obtain more information. On-site registration is also available. TDEM and the department will also operate drive-thru testing sites (self oral swab) Monday through Saturday at:
- HCC - Northeast Campus, 555 Community College Drive, and
- HCC - South Campus, 1990 Airport Blvd.
Appointments are required, available at texas.curativeinc.com. TDEM and the department offer weekday testing (nasal swab by healthcare professional) at LeRoy Crump Stadium, 12321 Alief Clodine Rd.
Appointments are required, available by visiting covidtest.tdem.texas.gov.
Fort Bend County has testing sites in Richmond, Rosenberg, Sugar Land, Katy and Missouri City.
To schedule an appointment visit FBCHealth.org or call (281)238-2363.
Galveston County is partnering with UTMB to offer free COVID-19 testing for Galveston County residents. Testing is available by appointment only and free to the public. County residents may schedule an appointment by calling (832)632-6731. A government issued form of identification will be required at the time of testing to verify residency.
Beyond the free testing, there are quite a few other coronavirus testing locations that will charge a fee that may be covered by insurance.
Next Level Urgent Care offers testing for COVID-19. They are testing symptomatic patients for COVID-19 upon the recommendation of one of their healthcare providers. To be evaluated for testing, you can make an appointment for a virtual visit or get in line at a clinics.
Patients with symptoms of respiratory illness, including cough, fever or shortness of breath, should contact the UTMB Health Access Center at 800-917-8906 to speak with our 24/7 nurse hotline. The nurse hotline will advise the patient on what to do next, including the most appropriate clinic location for evaluation, if needed. Once a patient arrives at the recommended location, they will be seen by a provider and likely given a flu test. If the flu test is positive, the patient will be treated for flu as appropriate. If the flu test is negative, the provider will recommend whether a COVID-19 test is warranted.
Memorial Hermann eVisit provides two easy ways to connect online 24/7 with a Memorial Hermann Urgent Care provider to receive diagnoses and treatment plans. Visit website for screening: memorialhermann.org/virtual-care/evisit/ Within 30 minutes, a provider will review your answers and respond with a diagnosis and treatment plan. The cost is $25. If you are told to take a COVID-19 test, they will tell you where to go. Your COVID-19 test results should be available within 7-14 days. Memorial Hermann will call you if your test is positive.
Federally Qualified Health Centers
The health department is providing test kits, lab access and equipment to local Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) so they can expand their COVID-19 testing capacity. The centers and phone numbers people can call to set up testing appointments are:
- HOPE Clinic, 713-773-0803
- Spring Branch Community Health Center, 713-462-6565
- El Centro de Corazon, 713-660-1880
- Avenue 360 Health and Wellness, 713-426-0027
- Lone Star Circle of Care at the University of Houston, 346-348-1200, and
- Scarsdale Family Health Center, 281-824-1480.
FQHC patients pay what they can afford, based on income and family size, and are not denied services due to inability to pay or lack of insurance.
All nine Legacy Community Health offer COVID-19 testing for symptomatic people determined to be at-risk. People may visit legacycommunityhealth.org or call 832-548-5000 to be screened. Legacy offers testing on a sliding fee scale, and the clinic bills insurance companies for those who are covered.
• Legacy Bissonnet, 12667 Bissonnet
• Legacy Fifth Ward, 3811 Lyons Ave.
• Legacy Mapleridge, 6550 Mapleridge St.
• Legacy Montrose, 1415 California St.
• Legacy Northline, 5598-A1 North Freeway
• Legacy San Jacinto, 4301 Garth Suite 400, Baytown
• Legacy Santa Clara (East End), 5616 Lawndale St.
• Legacy Sharpstown, 6677 Rookin
• Legacy Southwest, 6441 High Star Dr.
My Family Doctor
My Family Doctor has a drive-thru testing site at 6430 Hillcroft Street open Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. This site is currently cash-only and limited to high-risk people with symptoms. People can visit the My Family Doctor website at covid19drivethru.com for more information.
MD Medical Group
Clinicas Mi Doctor and MD Kids Pediatrics, two Houston MD Medical Group clinics, offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing by appointment. People can request an appointment by calling or texting 888-776-5252, or visiting mdmedicalgroup.us.
FORT BEND COUNTY
OakBend Medical Group
The initial criteria for the COVID-19 testing will require a Telehealth visit. People should call 281-238-7870. Patients will be screened for criteria that suggest a possible positive COVID-19.
Care Prime Clinic
15030 Hwy 6, Rosharon, Texas 77583
Options Urgent Care
208 Oak Dr. S., Lake Jackson, Texas 77566
Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center Pearland
11525 Broadway St, Pearland, TX 77584
Next Level Urgent Care Pearland
8325 Broadway St, Suite 220, Pearland, Texas 77581
UTMB Health Access Center
136 E Hospital Dr., Angleton 77515
After hours: 409-772-2222
Community Health Network
The locations are income based and you must be pre-screened before you can be tested. For prescreening call 281-824-1480 (Press 2).
• Freeport Community Health Center 905 N. Gulf Blvd., Freeport, Texas 77541
• Adoue Family Health Center 1111 W. Adoue, Alvin, Texas 77511
• Scarsdale Family Health Center 10851 Scarsdale Blvd. Suite 160, Houston, TX 77089
• Brazoria County Fairgrounds 901 S. Downing St., Angleton, Texas 77515