Public Health

Where To Get A Rapid COVID Test in Houston, Texas?

Alyssa Orcuilo24 Mar 2021

Should I get a rapid test or a PCR test? 

Antigen (rapid) and PCR tests are both diagnostic tests, meaning they detect active infections of COVID-19. 

Generally, PCR tests are more accurate than rapid tests, but it can take up to a week to get the result from a PCR test. The results from rapid tests are typically available in less than one hour. 

Therefore, if you can wait a few days to a week for results, you should get a PCR test. If you need to get results more quickly, you may want to get a rapid test. Your provider may want you to confirm a negative rapid test with a PCR test as well. 

Rapid COVID testing is available in Houston at these locations

Rapid antigen tests are easily performed at several locations with a nasal swab. 

Results can be available as quickly as 15 minutes and typically within the hour. Below we outline the out-of-pocket cost for rapid tests at several locations in Houston. If you have insurance, your provider may cover the cost of the test. 

Testing SiteRapid Test CostSite Information 
Memorial Village ER$150 + possible additional fees14520 Memorial Dr # 4, Houston, TX 77079
(281) 549-2093
Signature Care Emergency Center$175 for test + additional fees 19 Locations - check website 
Rapid COVID Clinic $200 for adults and $100 for children <17  - tests for COVID and flu 3 Locations in Houston and Phoenix
Elite Care ER$350 + possible additional fees2500 Rice Blvd., Houston, TX 77005
(713) 527-4400
CVS Minute Clinic $1391003 Richmond Avenue Houston, TX 77006 
View other nearby clinics on website 

PCR COVID testing is available in Houston at these locations

PCR tests are performed by doing a nasal swab or saliva sample. Results can take up to 5-7 days if laboratories are busy. Below we outline some testing locations and costs for PCR tests in Houston. 

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