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.
Many testing sites only cater to high-risk symptomatic people.
Local health departments, medical communities, including members of the Texas Medical Center, and clinics operate free or at-a-cost COVID-19 testing sites for high-risk symptomatic people.
Here are the free coronavirus testing sites that do NOT require you to call and get screened first:
United Memorial Medical Center
United Memorial Medical Center offers free COVID-19 drive-thru testing at three different locations. For more information people can at ummcscreening.com or call 281-618-8500, if desired.
• UMMC Main Campus
510 West Tidwell
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Fridays 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
• Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land
18111 Lexington Blvd
Sugar Land, Texas
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Forest Brook Middle School
7525 Tidwell Rd
Open: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4p.m.
• Cullen Middle School
6900 Scott St
Open: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4p.m.
• Barnett Sport Complex
Houston, TX 77087
There are also mobile testing sites that will begin operating Tuesday, April 28 near at-risk communities.
The following locations offer free coronavirus testing but require that you call ahead to get screened before showing up to test:
People who meet testing criteria will receive a unique identification code and instructions on where to go for testing.
These sites only accept people with a unique identification code obtained through the screening process. Those who show up without an identification code will not get tested.
Butler Stadium (Hosted by Houston Health Dept.)
13755 S Main St
Houston, TX 77035
Delmar Stadium (Hosted by Houston Health Dept.)
2020 Mangum Rd
Houston, TX 77092
Worthing High School (Hosted by Houston Health Dept.)
9215 Scott Street
Houston, TX 77051
Community Health Network is opening a COVID-19 Free Testing Site at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds in Angleton on Tuesday, April 21. You must be pre-screened before you can be tested. For pre-screening call Community Health Network at 281-824-1480. The testing site hours are Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site is closed Sunday and Monday.
Fort Bend County/AccessHealth
Two testing sites are now open — one in Rosenberg and one in Sugar Land. Those with symptoms must first use the online screening tool, which was developed by Houston-based health tech company Luminare, and can then access the medical screening to determine eligibility for testing. Those who are eligible for testing will receive a unique testing code to go to the testing site. You can access the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool at checkforcorona.com/fort-bend-county
Galveston County Health District
Galveston County Health District opened its first free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site on April 9 for high-risk people who meet specific screening criteria, but has since expanded to accept anyone who wants to be tested. There are now two testing sites in Galveston County, one in Texas City and one in Galveston.
9850 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway
Texas City, Texas
Call (409) 978-4040 to get screened and set a testing appointment.
Testing will be available in Galveston Thursday-Saturday, April 16-18, by appointment only. Fire Station No. 5,
5728 Ball St.
Call (409) 978-4080 to make an appointment at this location.
Those being tested should bring a form of identification including driver’s license, a bill with their name, etc.
Matagorda County will be hosting a free coronavirus COVID-19 mobile test collection site on Friday, April 24th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Testing will be conducted at the Bay City Civic Center on 201 7th Street. Individuals who wish to be tested must have an appointment and be pre-screened. If you're interested: call (512) 883-2400 or visit txcovidtest.org.
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
Next Level Urgent Care offers testing for COVID-19. Clinics throughout the greater Houston area are now able to offer a full panel of respiratory testing, including COVID-19. They don’t have to follow CDC guidelines for who can get tested Patients will know within 24 hours to two days what’s wrong.
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.
Goose Creek ISD - Stallworth
2102 East Archer Road
Baytown, TX 77521
Katy ISD - Legacy Stadium
1830 Katyland Drive, Katy 77493
Legacy Community Health in Houston
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
Freeport Community Health Center **income based**
905 N. Gulf Blvd., Freeport, Texas 77541
281-824-1480 Press 2
Adoue Family Health Center **income based**
1111 W. Adoue, Alvin, Texas 77511
281-824-1480 Press 2
Scarsdale Family Health Center **income based**
10851 Scarsdale Blvd. Suite 160, Houston, TX 77089
281-824-1480 Press 2
1 Stonebridge Church Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77382
Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
$150 exact cash only