Here’s a list of free, COVID-19 testing sites in Houston and Harris, Fort Bend and Galveston counties.
There are several free, drive-thru coronavirus test sites in the Greater Houston Area and some will test with or without symptoms.
Houston testing sites
HOUSTON HEALTH DEPARTMENT
The Houston Health Department’s two COVID-19 drive-thru sites will broaden testing to anyone wanting to get a test and double their daily testing capacity to 1,000 on Tuesday.
Each community site will ramp up its testing capacity from 250 to 500 people per day. The tests are free to the public.
People can call the department’s COVID-19 call center at 832-393-4220 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to receive a unique identification code and instructions on where to go for testing and how to obtain their test results.
The community sites only accept people with the identification code obtained through the department’s COVID-19 call center. People showing up at the test sites without an identification code will not get tested.
The testing sites will continue operating until further notice. Workers at the sites only collect insurance information and don’t accept payment. The information obtained through testing or services will not be used against immigrants in their public charge evaluation.
Walgreens will operate two COVID-19 testing facilities in Harris County.
One will be in Houston at the former Walgreens store site at 14531 Westheimer Road and the other in Pasadena at 101 West Southmore Avenue. (Note: The Westheimer location does not show up on most online map services because it is a closed location. Walgreens is re-opening that site to conduct testing.)
Testing at these locations will begin Friday, April 17.
These sites will provide drive-up COVID-19 testing through a self-administered nasal swab, at no cost to the patient. The guidelines for being tested at each of these sites align with HHS guidelines where testing is being prioritized for individuals that have symptoms and are/have:
Healthcare worker with symptoms
First responder with symptoms
65 or older with symptoms
Those with pre-existing health condition with symptoms
UNITED MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER
U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has teamed up with United Memorial Medical Center to open these free testing cites in the Houston area.
UMMC; 510 W. Tidwell Road, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Forest Brook Middle School; 7525 Tidwell Road, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jacinto City Town Center Community Building: Mobile testing for seniors and first responders is now underway at 1025 Oates Rd in Jacinto City. Due to the size restrictions of this testing apparatus, they are asking seniors and first responders to preregister for testing at this location through the City of Jacinto City.
Cullen Middle School, 6900 Scott St.
People are asked to bring one thing.
“You can have a drivers license a water bill, just something that we can be able to record in the registration. And if there is some kind of birth certificate for the child or anything or school ID,” said congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
Health care professional in protective gear will screen you from your car. If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with coronavirus, you’ll go to a second tent for a nasal swab.
Anyone with a positive test will get a call from the Harris County Health Department.
LEGACY COMMUNITY HEALTH
Legacy Baker-Ripley, 6500 Rookin Street, Bldg B, Ste 200
Legacy Bissonnet, 12667 Bissonnet
Legacy Branard, 401 Branard St., Level 3
Legacy Deer Park Center St., 3430 Center St., Deerpark
Legacy Fifth Ward, 3811 Lyons Ave.
Legacy Lyons, 3811 Lyons Ave.
Legacy Mapleridge, 6550 Mapleridge Street, Ste. 106
Legacy Montrose, 1415 California St.
Legacy Northline, 5598-A1 North Freeway, Northtown Plaza
Legacy Santa Clara, 5616 Lawndale St., Ste A108
Legacy San Jacinto, 4301 Garth Suite 400, Baytown
Legacy Sharpstown, 6677 Rookin
Legacy Southwest, 6441 High Star Dr.
Legacy Central Beaumont, 450 North 11th St.
Legacy asks that you please call (832) 548-5226 first with any questions before arriving.
HARRIS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
On Monday, April 13, County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced two new Harris County Public Health mobile units will provide drive-through testing for COVID19, adding up to 200 tests per day to the county’s current testing capacity.
Each pop-up site, which will rotate locations across the precincts and will be able to up to 100 drive-through tests per day.
The first mobile sites are coming to the Tomball and Humble area, the Harris County Pct. 4 Commissioner’s Office confirmed.
The Tomball site will doing tests through April 14 – 16 and April 27 – 29.
The Humble site will be doing tests through April 20 – 22 and May 7 – 9. Commissioner R. Jack Cagle said each site is able to complete as many as 100 tests per day, but these numbers expected to increase daily.
Residents must do pre-screening at checkforcorona.com/harriscounty or call 713-439-6000.
Those deemed to be at-risk for coronavirus will be given a code and phone number to call. After a telephone consultation, those still deemed to be at risk will be given another unique code and information on where and when they are to be tested.
If you have a fever, cough or other potential symptoms, the Harris County Health Department offers an online screening to determine if you should be tested.
Here’s how it works:
If deemed “at-risk” you will receive a unique code and a phone number to call.
Call the given number and complete phone consultation. If confirmed “at-risk” you will be given another unique code and information of where to get your first test.
Proceed to the testing facility at your scheduled time. Be sure to bring with you a photo ID and other information as requested by your nurse screener.
The online screening tool is available in several languages.
FIRST RESPONDERS, HEALTHCARE WORKERS
The City of Houston has set up a free testing site for first responders and healthcare workers only. Details about the site, including its location and the pre-screening process, are being shared with these individuals through their organizations.