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.

THE LATEST: COVID-19 cases in the greater Houston area

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.

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Houston Health Department

The Houston Health Department will offer drive-thru testing at two surge sites affiliated with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star Drive, and Houston Community College - North Forest, 6010 Little York Rd., will offer nasal self-swab tests. 

The sites will open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Appointments are available at doineedacovid19test.com and on-site registration is also available. Each site has a daily capacity of 1,250 tests. 

The department also offers free drive-thru testing via self-nasal swab at the Aramco Services Company, 9009 W. Loop South. The mega testing site will open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The site has a daily capacity of 250 tests. People wanting to get tested at the Aramco site can call the department’s COVID-19 Call Center at 832-393-4220. The department will offer testing at three community sites that don't require appointments. Each has a daily capacity of 250 tests:  

Beverly Hills Community Center, 10201 Kingspoint Rd., Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., walk-up, self-nasal swab,

Sagemont Community Center, 11507 Hughes R., Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., walk-up, self-nasal swab

Henington-Alief Regional Library, 7979 Kirkwood Rd., Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., drive thru or walk-up, self-nasal swab.

The department will also provide drive-thru, 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.

Texas Division of Emergency Management

Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Houston Astros offer self-oral swab tests daily at Minute Maid Park (Lot C), 2208 Preston. The testing site’s capacity is 1,200 tests per day. The site features eight drive-thru testing lanes and four walk-up testing lanes. It will open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Spanish-speaking staff is available on-site. Visit curative.com to set an appointment or obtain more information. On-site registration is also available.TDEM and the department will also operate drive-thru sites offering tests Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at:

HCC - Northeast Campus, 555 Community College Drive, self-mouth swab tests, and

HCC - South Campus, 1990 Airport Blvd., nasal swab tests by healthcare professionals.

TDEM and the department offer drive-thru, nasal-swab tests administered by healthcare professionals at LeRoy Crump Stadium, 12321 Alief Clodine Rd. The site is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Appointments for TDEM sites are available at covidtest.tdem.texas.gov. On-site registration is also available.

United Memorial Medical Center

United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) will offer nasal-swab testing by healthcare professionals at drive-thru test sites at:

PlazAmericas Mall, 7500 Bellaire Blvd.

Houston Community College - Southeast, 6815 Rustic St.; Building B

UMMC Tidwell, 510 W. Tidwell Rd. 

The sites don’t require appointments and will offer testing Monday through Friday 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.

Curative

Curative will provide walk-up testing daily at four sites:

Memorial Park Running Trails Center, 7575 N. Picnic Ln., mouth self-swab

Miller Outdoor Theater, 6000 Hermann Park Dr., mouth self-swab

Metropolitan Transit Authority - West Bus Operating Facility, 11555 Westpark Dr., mouth self-swab

University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose Blvd., nose self-swab

Appointments are required and available at curative.com. The site has a 900 daily test capacity.

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.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.

Harris County

Testing is free and you get the results in 3-5 days. Children can also be tested at the sites listed below. Sign up at hcphtx.org or call 832-927-7575.

M.O. Campbell Education Center - 1865 Aldine Bender, Houston, TX 77032
Open Mon-Fri Noon -7p.m.
Open Sat (3/7) 10 a.m.-3p.m.

Grayson Community Center - 13828 Corpus Christi St, Houston, TX 77015
Open Tues-Sat 8a.m.-3p.m.

Christia Adair Park - 15107 Cullen Blvd, Houston, TX 77047
Open Mon & Wed-Sat 8a.m.-3p.m.

St. Hyacinth Catholic Church - 2921 Center St, Deer Park, TX 77536
Open Mon & Tues, Thurs.-Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church - 527 S Houston Ave, Humble, TX 77338
Open Mon & Tues, Thurs.-Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Redeemer Lutheran Church LCMS - 1200 E Lobit Ave, Baytown, TX 77520
Open Mon-Fri 8a.m.- 3 p.m.

MAS Katy Center - 1800 Baker Rd, Houston, TX 77094
Open Mon-Wed 8a.m.-3p.m.

Life Changer Community Church - 3115 N Fry Rd #407, Katy, TX 77449
Open Fri & Sat 8a.m.-3p.m.

For the Pasadena and Katy test sites, register at www.doineedacovid19test.com or call 832-927-7575. People must be 13 or older to be tested at these locations.

San Jacinto College Central Campus - 8060 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX 77505
Open Mon-Fri 7a.m.-2 p.m.
Open Sat (3/6) 8 a.m. -3 p.m.

Lone Star College-Cypress Center - 19710 Clay Rd, Katy, TX 77449
Open Mon-Fri 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Open Sat (3/6) 8 a.m.-3p.m.

Fort Bend County

Free COVID-19 is available at five locations in Fort Bend County. The Fifth Street Community Center and Rosenberg COVID-19 test sites are available by appointment only. All other testing sites are still accepting walk-ups, but appointments are preferred. To schedule an appointment, visit www.fbchealth.org or call 281-238-2363 if you don't have internet access.

A healthcare professional will provide a testing site access code and further instructions. The testing sites are operated from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The following sites are open:

 - Rosenberg Annex (Rosenberg) - Appointment required

 - Fifth Street Community Center (Stafford) - Monday - Friday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Appointment required

 - Gallery Furniture (Richmond)

 - Cinco Ranch Library (Katy)

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. 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.

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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