COVID-19 Testing in Greater Houston: Where to Go and What You Should Know
This blog was posted on April 15th. Because the situation surrounding COVID-19 is constantly evolving, some information may not be up to date. Stay informed by visiting the CDC website.
If you suspect that you have COVID-19, we recommend that you call your primary care physician to explain your symptoms and find a location to go for testing. If you are having difficulty breathing or other life-threatening symptoms, please call 911 or visit a local emergency room, but call ahead to let them know to take precautions.
As testing and identifying those with COVID-19 are extremely important to help stop the spread, counties around Houston have opened up several public, drive-through testing sites to visit. Many of these testing sites require that you call ahead and receive a code to then take to the appropriate location.
COVID-19 Testing in Harris County
Whether you are experiencing symptoms or are asymptomatic, you are able to get tested for COVID-19 in Harris County. Find a testing location by visiting ReadyHarris.org to take an online assessment or, if you can’t access the internet, calling 832-927-7575. Doing so will provide you with a number and the address of a testing site. Additionally, Harris County is opening new testing sites, two mobile units are now visiting various parts of Harris County, and sites will increase the number of people they can test every day. You don’t have to be a resident of Harris County to participate.
COVID-19 Testing Throughout Texas
If you’re not in Harris or Brazoria County and want to find a testing location closer to home, the Texas Department of State Health Services offers a map tool to help you find your nearest testing site.
Preparing for Testing
Remember that there might be long lines at these testing sites, and you may not have access to a bathroom. Consider bringing the following things with you:
- Water (not too much, as restroom facilities may be limited)
- Fully charged cell phone and charger
- Book or any other activities to help you pass the time.
As the counties of Greater Houston continue to provide more access to public testing, we will continue to update.