COVID-19 testing in greater Houston area: how and where

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.

FREE

United Memorial Medical Center

United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) will offer weekday testing at six drive-thru test sites at: 

- Plaza Americas Mall, 7500 Bellaire Blvd.
- Houston Community College-Southeast, 6815 Rustic
- UMMC Tidwell, 510 W. Tidwell Rd.
- Forest Brook Middle School, 7525 Tidwell Rd.
- Cullen Middle School, 6900 Scott St.
- Griggs School, 801 Regional Park Dr. 

The sites don’t require appointments and offer testing from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until reaching a daily capacity of 250 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 at Darrell Tully Stadium, 1050 Dairy Ashford Rd. The high-volume site has a 1,250 daily test capacity and opens 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Appointments are available at www.doineedacovid19test.com. On-site registration is also available.

The department also offers free drive-thru testing at two other mega sites in Houston: 

 • Delmar Stadium, 2020 Mangum Rd., and

 • Butler Stadium, 13755 S. Main St

Each site will open Tuesday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until reaching daily capacity of 650 tests.

People wanting to get tested at Delmar Stadium 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. Butler Stadium does not require an access code, commonly referred to as an appointment.

The department will also offer testing at the Mexican Consulate, 4506 Caroline St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, and Friday, Sept. 11. The site doesn’t require appointments and remains open until reaching its daily capacity of 250 tests.

Texas Division of Emergency Management

Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Houston Astros offer free COVID-19 tests daily at Minute Maid Park (Lot C), 2208 Preston. The testing site’s capacity is 2,000 tests per day.

The site features evening hours twice a week, eight drive-thru testing lanes, and four walk-up testing lanes. It opens from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Tuesday and from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. 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 on weekdays at: 

- Bear Creek Islamic Center, 17250 Covent Drive
- LeRoy Crump Stadium, 12321 High Star Drive
- HCC - Northeast Campus, 555 Community College Drive
- HCC - South Campus, 1990 Airport Blvd.
- Northeast Multi-Service Center, 9720 Spaulding
- Sunnyside Multi-Service Center, 9314 Cullen Blvd. 

Sites that also open on Saturday are HCC - Northeast and HCC - South Campus. TDEM sites require appointments, available by visiting txcovidtest.org.

TDEM will operate a walk-up site that doesn’t require appointments at the University of St. Thomas’ Center for Science and Health Professions, 4201 Yoakum Blvd., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16-18.

Ibn Sina Foundation

The Iba Sina Foundation offers free tests with rapid results at two of its clinics, 5012 N. Shepherd Dr. and 11226 S. Wilcrest Dr. 

Appointments for the Shepherd location are available by calling 832-426-3760 and appointments for the Wilcrest location are available at 281-495-7462.

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
- 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.
 
The department and its agency partners may shift locations and schedules of test sites to better meet community needs. Houstonians can visit HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 for current Houston testing sites and information about stopping the spread of the virus.
 
Information obtained through testing, treatment, or services will not be used against immigrants in their public charge evaluation.

Fort Bend County

Testing is available at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds (4310 Highway 36, Rosenberg, TX 77471) Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are required. Same day appointments are available. To register, visit www.honumg.com/fortbend or call (844)778-2455.

Testing sites are closed on Labor Day.

Galveston County

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 at three different sites in Galveston, League City and Texas City. 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.

AT-A-COST

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. 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.

UTMB Health
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
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.

HOUSTON

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.

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.

BRAZORIA COUNTY

Care Prime Clinic
15030 Hwy 6, Rosharon, Texas 77583
832-400-2050

Options Urgent Care
208 Oak Dr. S., Lake Jackson, Texas 77566
979-285-2273 

Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center Pearland
11525 Broadway St, Pearland, TX 77584
713-363-8020 

Next Level Urgent Care Pearland
281-783-8162
8325 Broadway St, Suite 220, Pearland, Texas 77581

UTMB Health Access Center
136 E Hospital Dr., Angleton 77515
979-849-6467
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).

Locations:

•  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