Coronavirus

Where You Can Get Tested for COVID-19 In The Houston Area

We’ll continue to update this list as we get more information about confirmed testing locations.

Testing for COVID-19 is being conducted at Legacy Community Health clinics across Houston.

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Updated 7:06 p.m. CT May 12: current testing options in Galveston County, vouchers for free testing in Montgomery County, temporary drive-thru test sites for Houston’s Northside and Northline areas, additional United Memorial Medical Center sites.

Health professionals and public officials are facing mounting pressure to test communities for COVID-19, as the number of confirmed cases increases and the virus spreads throughout communities across the country.

Although health providers across the country are dealing with a shortage of tests, in part due to a lack of testing swabs, Texas has lagged behind much of the rest of the country when it comes to prevention and containment, according to a recent analysis from WalletHub.

Because of that shortage, people exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms may be refused testing, meaning there are likely more people in the community who have the disease than is reflected in the numbers, according to health officials. 

The lack of testing is in part why self-quarantine and social distancing are critical tools to prevent the spread of disease, according to Dr. Dona Murphey, a neurologist and community organizer in Houston. 

“Testing at this point is for a disease that has no vaccine and has no cure,” said Murphey, who started a petition to Governor Greg Abbott to include health professionals in the government response to the crisis. “The purpose it serves for the general public is really to illustrate to them that it’s actually a real problem, that this thing is really widespread.” 

Murphey said measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 should be a top priority for everyone, especially people exhibiting symptoms, and that healthcare workers should be favored for testing, since they are in direct contact with vulnerable patients on a daily basis and are more likely to be exposed to the virus.

Outside the Legacy Community Health clinic in Montrose Wednesday. Clinic testing for COVID-19 has begun at Legacy clinics across Houston.

Here’s what we know about testing sites in the Houston area. We’ll be updating this list as more information becomes available. 

United Memorial Medical Center has free COVID-19 testing at multiple sites.

  • UMMC Main Campus, 510 W. Tidwell Rd.
  • Forest Brook Middle School, 7525 Tidwell Rd.
  • 1960 Physicians Associates, 837 Cypress Creek Pkwy. (appointment only) (not free)
  • UMMC Sugarland, 1211 Hwy 6 (appointment only) 
  • Barnett Stadium, 6800 Fairway Dr. 
  • Cullen Middle School, 6900 Scott St. 
  • UMMC Spring, 20635 Kuykendahl R. (appointment only)

Temporary sites:

  • May 11 – 16: Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library, 7007 W. Fuqua St. in Missouri City, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • May 11 – May 16: Houston Community College-Southeast, 6815 Rustic, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Who can access the tests? 

At most UMMC locations, testing is available for free, without an appointment, for anybody with or without symptoms. There are some exceptions, indicated above. For more information, call 1-866-333-COVID or use the online screening tool.

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Montgomery County Public Health District and Montgomery County Hospital District are providing vouchers for free COVID testing beginning on May 13. 

Who can access the tests? 

  • Residents with or without symptoms can contact the county’s call center at 936-523-5040 to obtain a voucher.
  • America’s ER drive-thru testing site at Woods Edge Community Church, 25333 Gosling Rd. in Spring, will accept vouchers for residents with or without symptoms.
  • Lone Star Family Health Center, 605 S. Conroe Medical Dr. in Conroe, will accept vouchers for residents with symptoms

Fort Bend County is operating COVID-19 testing sites in Sugar Land and Rosenberg.

Who can access the tests? 

Tests are free, and they’re available to anyone regardless of symptoms. To get a testing code, plus the location and time for the test, complete the screening process on the county’s website or over the phone, (281) 238-2363, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Harris County Public Health and the City of Houston are operating multiple free testing sites: two City-operated sites in fixed locations, two County-operated sites in fixed locations in Katy and Baytown, plus city and county mobile testing units. 

Who can access the tests? 

The City’s testing sites are now open to anybody who wants to be tested.

What you need to know to get tested at a City of Houston site:

  • First, call the Houston Health Department’s COVID-19 call center at 832-393-4220 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. 
  • Once you’re screened over the phone, you will receive a unique identification code and instructions on where to go for testing.
  • You must have a unique identification code obtained through the screening process, or else you will not get tested. 

What you need to know to get tested at a Harris County site: 

  • To set up an appointment, use the county’s online tool or call 832-927-7575. 
  • Once you’re screened, you will receive a unique identification number and a phone number to call to get the site location.   
  • You must have a unique identification code obtained through the screening process.
  • Testing is available to anyone regardless of citizenship status.
  • If you can’t drive to a site, you can set up an appointment with the county’s At-Home Testing Team using the county’s online tool or by calling 832-927-7575. 

The City of Houston is also operating temporary mobile testing sites at multi-service centers over the next couple weeks. Testing is free and available to anyone with or without symptoms. There’s no need to make an appointment and testing is available as a drive-thru or walk-up option. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. 

  • May 12 – 16: Third Ward Multi-Service Center, 3611 Ennis St.  
  • May 19 – 23: Northeast Multi-Service Center, 9720 Spaulding St. 

The City of Houston with the Texas Division of Emergency Management will open two temporary drive-thru test sites for Houston’s Northside and Northline areas. Testing is available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at both sites and appointments are required. To make an appointment, call 512-883-2400 or register using the state’s online tool.

  • May 11 – 16: Moreno Elementary School, 620 E. Canino Rd.
  • May 11 – 16: Holland Middle School, 1600 Gellhorn Dr.

The City of Houston is also providing testing through four local Federally Qualified Health Centers. Set up an appointment by calling the phone numbers below. Patients pay what they can afford and will not be denied services due to inability to pay or lack of insurance.

  • 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, 877-596-6192

Galveston County Health District operated free COVID-19 testing sites in Texas City and Galveston, but concluded testing on May 8. The agency encourages Galveston County residents to contact their primary care physician for testing. Updated information on testing in Galveston County is available on the county’s COVID-19 web page

  • Uninsured residents can get tested by Coastal Health & Wellness by calling 409-938-7221.
  • Community ER Houston operates a testing site in League City at Creekside Intermediate School, 4320 W. Main St. Register online or call 281-453-7777. Health insurance or cash payment are required.  

Legacy Community Health has COVID-19 testing at all of their Houston and Beaumont locations.

  • Legacy Fifth Ward, 3811 Lyons Ave.
  • Legacy Montrose, 1415 California St.
  • Legacy Southwest, 6441 High Star Dr.
  • Legacy Bissonnet, 12667 Bissonnet
  • Legacy Mapleridge, 6550 Mapleridge 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.
  • Legacy Central Beaumont, 450 North 11th St., Beaumont
  • Legacy Central Stagg, 3455 Stagg Dr., Beaumont

Who can access the tests?

Legacy has said it will only test those who screen positive for the virus. At the moment, that includes anyone with a chronic illness or underlying condition that results in a suppressed immune system who is also exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

It is not necessary to call ahead before going to one of the locations. Patients with questions should call a primary care physician or Legacy’s contact center at 832-548-5000. All testing is done on a sliding scale, and the clinic will bill insurance companies for those who are covered, Legacy said. Test results are currently coming in after 10-14 days.

My Family Doctor has one drive-thru testing facility, at 6430 Hillcroft Ave., open Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Who can access the tests?

As of April 21, anyone can be tested, regardless of symptoms. 

For the latest information on testing, including costs, head to My Family Doctor’s website. For patients with health insurance, testing should be free, but the clinic advises all patients to bring $150 cash for the test just in case they cannot verify your insurance. For patients without insurance, the cost is $150. This testing site is currently cash only. 

 

Katie Watkins contributed to this report. 

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