Public Health

Where To Get Tested for Coronavirus COVID-19 in Houston, Texas?

Alyssa Orcuilo24 Jul 2020

Quick Digest: July 24th 2020

  • As of July 24th, 2020, there have been 376,000 positive cases in Texas with 61,416 cases in Harris County/Houston. 4,714 people have died as a result of COVID-19 in the state of Texas.
  • The CDC highly recommends wearing cloth face covering in public spaces, such as a grocery store, even if you are not showing symptoms
  • Due to recent spikes in cases, it is essential to avoid large gatherings, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask in public
  • See our articles for more information on when COVID-19 may peak and end and when a vaccine will become available
  • Seek a COVID-19 test if you are experiencing symptoms or have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus

Where to Get Tested for Coronavirus in Houston, Texas?

The Department of Health is recommending that residents of Houston seek testing if they are experiencing symptoms or have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. First responders, elderly patients, and individuals at high risk will be prioritized if there are testing shortages. There are currently two main types of coronavirus tests: the PCR nasal swab, which tests for active infection, and the antibody blood test, which tests for past exposure. Read our article Coronavirus Blood Test (Antibody) Vs. Swab Test (PCR) Vs. Saliva Test - Differences & Which One Is Best for more information on selecting the appropriate test for you.

Below is a comprehensive list of testing facilities provided by the Harris County Public Health Resources Page. It is advised that you call the testing facility to ensure that there are tests available and to schedule an appointment. Results will be delivered via telephone call from the following number: 1-833-447-0001. For further questions about testing, call the COVID-Line at 832-927-7575.The cost of COVID-19 testing varies based on several factors. Call the testing site prior to arrival for a price break down.

Askew Elementary

11200 Wood Lodge, Houston TX

512-883-2400

Mon - Fri    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

TDEM

Butler Stadium

13755 S Main St, 77035

832-393-4220

Mon - Sat | CLOSED Sundays    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Houston Health Department

Challenger 7 Memorial Park

2301 W Nasa Rd, Webster TX 77598

832-927-7575

Mon - Fri    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Harris County Public Health

Christia Adair Park

15107 Cullen Blvd, Houston, TX 77047

1-866-333-COVID

Mon - Fri    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

TDEM

Community College-Southeast

6815 Rustic

1-866-333-COVID

Mon - Fri    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC)

Cullen Middle School

6900 Scott St, Houston TX

1-866-333-COVID

Mon - Fri    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

UMMC

CVS Pharmacy

15010 Memorial Dr, 77079

schedule an appointment    

CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy

1003 Richmond Ave, 77006

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CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy

5402 Westheimer Rd, 77056

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CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy

2469 Bay Area, 77058

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CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy

5603 FM 1960 W, 77069

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CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy

1000 Elgin St, Houston, TX 77004

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CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy

6079 SH 6 HWY N, HOUSTON, TX, 77084, US

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CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy

12601 Tomball Pkwy, Houston, TX 77086

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CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy

11600 Farm to Market 1960 Rd W, Houston, TX 77065

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CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy

5510 W Orem Dr, Houston, TX 77045

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CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy

19715 Tomball Pkwy, Houston, TX 77070

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CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy

4150 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018

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CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy

5725 N Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX 77041

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CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy

2828 Spears Rd, Houston, TX 77067

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CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy

4451 W Fuqua St, Houston, TX 77045

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CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy

12502 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77024

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CVS Health

Delmar Stadium

2020 Magnum Rd, 77092

832-393-4220

Mon - Sat | CLOSED Sundays    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Houston Health Department

Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center

6402 Market St, 77020

Tue - Fri    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

United Memorial Medical Center

Forest Brook Middle School

7525 Tidwell Rd, Houston TX

1-866-333-COVID

Mon - Fri    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

UMMC

George Bush Park‚Äê Fun Fair Positive Soccer

20150 Westheimer Pkwy, Houston, TX 77082

832-927-7575

Mon - Fri    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Harris County Public Health

Griggs School

801 Regional Park Dr, Houston TX

1-866-333-COVID

Mon - Fri    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

UMMC

HCC - Northeast Campus

555 Community College Dr, Houston TX

512-883-2400

Mon - Fri    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

TDEM

HCC - South Campus

1990 Airport Blvd, Houston TX

512-883-2400

Mon - Fri    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

TDEM

HCC - Southeast Campus

6815 Rustic, Houston TX

1-866-333-COVID

Mon - Fri    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

UMMC

Hobby Elementary

4021 Woodmont Dr, Houston TX

512-883-2400

Mon - Fri    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

TDEM

HOPE Clinic West

12121 Westheimer Suite 205 Houston, TX 77077

713-773-0803

Mon - Fri    M: 11AM-7PM | T-F: 8AM - 5PM

HOPE Clinic

Legacy Fifth Ward

3811 Lyons Ave. Houston, TX 77020

832-548-5000

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Legacy Community Health

Legacy Montrose

1415 California St. Houston TX 77006

832-548-5000

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Legacy Community Health

Legacy Southwest

6441 High Star Dr. Houston, TX 77074

832-548-5000

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Legacy Community Health

MD Anderson's Diagnostic Imaging Clinic

6602 Mapleridge St. Houston TX 77081

713-218-8310

schedule an appointment    

MD Anderson

Memorial Baptist Church Baytown

600 W Sterling Ave, Baytown TX 77520

832-927-7575

Mon - Fri    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Harris County Public Health

NRG Park - Green Lot

1 Reliant Park, Houston TX

512-883-2400

Mon - Fri    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

TDEM

Pasadena Health Center

908 Southmore Pasadena TX 77502

713-322-9645

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Pasadena Health Center

Salyers Elementary

25705 W Hardy Rd, Spring, TX 77373

832-927-7575

Mon - Fri    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Harris County Public Health

Southwest Multi-Service Center

6400 High Star, Houston TX

1-866-333-COVID

Mon - Fri    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

UMMC

UMMC Tidwell

510 W Tidwell Rd

1-866-333-COVID

Mon - Fri    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC)

UMMC Tidwell

510 W Tidwell Rd, Houston TX

1-866-33-COVID

Mon - Fri    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

UMMC

Walgreens

8301 Broadway St, 77061

Mon - Sun    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Walgreens

Walgreens

14531 Westheimer Rd. 77082

Mon - Sun    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Walgreens

Walgreens

101 Southmore Pasadena, TX 77502

832-927-7575

Mon - Sat    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Walgreens

Walmart

12353 FM 1960 W, Houston 77065

Mon - Fri    Drive-Thru

Walmart

Walmart

13003 Tomball Pkwy, 77086

Mon - Fri    Drive-Thru

Walmart

Walmart

111 Yale St, 77007

Mon - Fri    Drive-Thru

Walmart

Walmart

5655 E Sam Houston Pkwy N, 77015

Mon - Fri    Drive-Thru

Walmart

Walmart

9235 N Sam Houston Pkwy E, 77396

Mon - Fri    Drive-Thru

Walmart

Walmart

3506 Highway 6 S, 77082

Mon - Fri    Drive-Thru

Walmart



See If You Meet Criteria for COVID-19 Screening

The CDC reports COVID-19 has an incubation period, which is a time between when you get infected and start to show symptoms. This incubation period is about five days. Even though you may not feel sick during these days, you can spread the virus to others. This is why it’s important to screen yourself, so you can self-quarantine if you believe you have the virus.

According to recent studies, test results are most accurate when taken about 8 days after exposure and 3-4 days after symptom onset.

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Have you traveled outside of the United States, specifically to these areas:
  • China
  • South Korea
  • Italy
  • Iran
  • International Conveyance (the Diamond Princess) 
  1. Have you or anyone you know been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

  2. Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of Breath
  1. Are you 60 years old or older?

If You Meet Criteria, You Should Get Tested.

If you answered yes to two or more of the self-screening questions above, you have a much higher chance of meeting the threshold for receiving a test.

Those who are believed to have the COVID-19 will receive a nose swab. This nose swab can be quite uncomfortable because it reaches deep into your nasal cavity.

A throat swab is also performed along with the collection of one lower respiratory specimen. To obtain the specimen, you have to rinse your mouth with water and cough deeply to produce sputum. The sputum must go directly into a sterile, leak-proof, screw-cap collection cup.

The nasal and throat test for COVID-19

The specimens are sent to the Public Health Lab, which has been approved by the government for Coronavirus COVID-19 testing. There are only 40 labs in the U.S. that have been authorized so far.

How Long will The Results Take? 

The specimens are put through a four-step process, which takes up to five hours. The current turnaround time for results is two to four days. Positive results are immediately reported to the doctor who submitted the specimens.

What To Do While Waiting for Results

  • Practice social distancing to protect others in case you do have the virus.
  • Take your temperature periodically throughout the day and seek medical attention if your fever is very high.
  • Check for symptoms, especially coughing and shortness of breath.
  • Stay home.
  • It will take 14 days to recover from COVID-19, so self-quarantine yourself to avoid infecting others.

For additional information about COVID-19 in Houston, contact the City of Houston Health Department at 713-393-5169.

 

Healthcare Can Be Confusing, Here Are More Resources:

References:

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/coronavirus-live-updates-houston-texas-covid-19-15139795.php

https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2020/03/18/private-clinic-in-southwest-houston-begins-drive-up-testing-for-coronavirus/

https://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/Resources/2019-Novel-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Testing-Information#covid-testing-instructions

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