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Where you can get a free coronavirus test in the Houston area and nearby counties

Here's a list of free, COVID-19 testing sites in Houston and Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston and Chambers counties.

HOUSTON — There are several free, drive-thru coronavirus test sites in the Greater Houston Area and some will test with or without symptoms.

PLEASE NOTE: This list changes often, so make sure to call to check before going to a location. 

Houston and Harris County

TEXAS DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

The Texas Division of Emergency Management and the department opened five drive-thru test sites on July 13:

  • Crump Stadium, 12321 High Star Dr.,
  • Cuney Homes Community Center, 3260 Truxillo St.,
  • HCC-Northeast Campus, 555 Community College Dr., and
  • HCC – South Campus, 1990 Airport Blvd.

TDEM will also operate a walk-up site that doesn’t require appointments at the Merfish Teen Center, 9000 S Rice Ave, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 12, through Friday, July 17.

TDEM sites require appointments, available by calling (512) 883-2400 or visiting txcovidtest.org. The sites will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

HOUSTON HEALTH DEPARTMENT

The Houston Health Department has two COVID-19 drive-thru sites and they have broadened testing to include anyone. The tests are free.

People can call the department’s COVID-19 call center at 832-393-4220 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. to receive a unique identification code and instructions on where to go for testing and how to obtain their test results.

The department will offer testing at Bussey Elementary, 11555 Airline, Tuesday, July 14 through Friday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until reaching its 250-test capacity.
 
It will open a one-day testing site Saturday, July 18, at Collins Elementary, 9829 Town Park Dr., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until reaching its 250-test capacity. The site will offer drive-thru and walk-up options on a first come, first served basis.  

MAP: More drive-thru testing sites

HARRIS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

HCPH encourages residents to get tested for COVID-19 if you feel you have it or have been in contact with someone who tested positive. We are prioritizing our first responders and healthcare professionals, especially those who work with vulnerable populations such as nursing homes, to seek testing as well. To sign up for COVID-19 testing, please visit http://covcheck.hctx.net/.

Schedule an appointment via phone: 832-927-7575

From there you will get access to a testing site near you.

HARRIS COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH TESTING SITES

Call 832-927-7575 for appointments

Gene Green Beltway 8 Park 

6500 East Sam Houston Pkway N, Houston, TX 77049

Closed Tuesday, July 14

M.O. Campbell Education Center 

1865 Aldine Bender, Houston TX 77032

Closed Wednesday, July 15

Hayes Elementary School 

21203 Park Timbers Ln, Katy, TX 77450

Closed Thursday, July16

Lone Star College Tomball \

700 Graham Dr, Tomball, TX 77375

Closed Friday, July 17

Pridgeon Stadium

11355 Falcon Rd A, Houston, TX 77065

Mon - Sun    11a - 7p

San Jacinto College Central

8060 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX 77505

Mon - Sun    10a - 7p

FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS 

The Houston Health Department is providing test kits, lab access and equipment to four local Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) so they can expand their COVID-19 testing capacity. 

  • 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, 346-348-1200 and
  • Community Health Network, 281-816-3317.

FQHC patients pay what they can afford, based on income and family size, and are not denied services due to inability to pay or lack of insurance.

CVS

CVS has opened dozens of COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across Texas. 

Patients must register in advance at CVS.com to schedule an appointment.

CVS testing sites in the Houston area:

  • CVS Pharmacy, 3923 Garth Road, Baytown, TX 77521
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5430 Bissonnet Street, Bellaire, TX 77081
  • CVS Pharmacy, 9884 Highway 242, Conroe, TX 77385
  • CVS Pharmacy, 10515 Fry Road, Cypress, TX, 77433
  • CVS Pharmacy, 26265 Northwest Freeway, Cypress, TX 77433
  • CVS Pharmacy, 12550 Louetta Road, Cypress, TX 77429
  • CVS Pharmacy, 2326 61st Street, Galveston, TX 77551
  • CVS Pharmacy, 15010 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1003 Richmond Avenue, Houston, TX 77006
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5402 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056
  • CVS Pharmacy, 2469 Bay Area, Houston, TX 77058
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5603 FM1960 W, Houston, TX 77069
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1000 Elgin Street, Houston, TX 77004
  • CVS Pharmacy, 6079 State Highway 6 North, Houston, TX 77084
  • CVS Pharmacy, 12601 Tomball Parkway, Houston, TX 77086
  • CVS Pharmacy, 11600 FM 1960 West, Houston, TX 77065
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5510 West Orem Drive, Houston, TX 77045
  • CVS Pharmacy, 19715 Tomball Parkway, Houston, TX 77070
  • CVS Pharmacy, 4150 North Shepherd Street, Houston, TX 77018
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5725 N. Eldridge Parkway, Houston, TX 77041
  • CVS Pharmacy, 2828 Spears Road, Houston, TX 77067
  • CVS Pharmacy, 4451 West Fuqua Road, Houston, TX 77045
  • CVS Pharmacy, 12502 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024
  • CVS Pharmacy, 8000 N. Sam Houston Pkwy East., Humble, TX 77396
  • CVS Pharmacy, 10222 East Freeway, Jacinto City, TX 77029
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5610 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, TX 77505
  • CVS Pharmacy, 930 Southmore Avenue, Pasadena, TX 77520
  • CVS Pharmacy, 11600 Shadow Creek, Pearland, TX 77584
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5002 West Main Street, League City, TX 77573
  • CVS Pharmacy, 2232 Repsdorph Road, Seabrook, TX 77586
  • CVS Pharmacy, 25110 Grogans Mill Road, Spring, TX 77380
  • CVS Pharmacy, 8754 Spring Cypress Road, Spring, TX 
  • CVS Pharmacy, 2902 Palmer Highway, Texas City, TX 77590
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1710 North Richmond Road, Wharton, TX 77488

You'll find the complete list of CVS testing sites in Texas here.

RELATED: CVS adds another 44 free coronavirus testing sites in Texas

More information about CVS Health and their testing sites can be found at their COVID-19 resource center.

WALGREENS

Walgreens will offer free COVID-19 testing at these Houston and Harris County locations.  You must pre-register before going to one of the Walgreens locations.

  • 20903 Highland Knolls Drive, Katy, TX 77450
  • 24809 Aldine Westfield Road, Spring, TX 77373
  • 12312 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble, TX 77346
  • 11242 S Gessner Dr, Houston, TX 77071
  • 9700 Hillcroft St, Houston, TX, 77096
  • 14531 Westheimer 
  • 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.)

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 sites in the Houston area. 

People who wish to get tested at these locations must bring a photo ID and insurance, if available. The sites do not require people to have symptoms to get tested and you don't need an appointment.

UMMC will continue its weekday testing at a drive-thru and walk-up test site at the Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star. The site doesn’t require appointments and offers testing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until reaching its daily capacity of 250 tests.

Other UMMC sites opening weekdays are:

  • UMMC Tidwell, 510 W Tidwell Rd., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Forest Brook Middle School, 7525 Tidwell Rd, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Cullen Middle School, 6900 Scott St., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and
  • Griggs School, 801 Regional Park Dr., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

LEGACY COMMUNITY HEALTH

  • 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.

AFC URGENT CARE 

Free tests only at these two locations:

Katy: 6445 FM 1463, Suite 230

Cypress: 9740 Barker Cypress, Suite 108

 Patients will need to have an AFC TeleCare visit first for the screening process. 

Register for Katy | Register for Cypress

AFC Urgent Care will also come to businesses to test employees for a “small hourly fee” to cover the cost of their doctors. Any businesses that are interested in doing the onsite testing for their employees, can call Brian Faulk at 713-247-9344

WALMART

Walmart is administering coronavirus tests at nine of its Walmart Supercenters and Walmart Neighborhood Markets throughout the Greater Houston area. 

They will be testing first responders, health care providers and other customers with symptoms of COVID-19.

  • 12353 FM 1960 Rd W, Houston, TX
  • 13003 Tomball Pkwy, Houston, TX
  • 111 Yale St, Houston, TX
  • 5655 E Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, TX
  • 9235 N Sam Houston Pkwy E, Humble, TX
  • 3506 Highway 6 S, Houston, TX

These drive-thru sites are open 7 a.m. -  9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. 

The customer must be in a vehicle and walk-ins are not allowed.

Appointments must be made through eTrueNorth’s online portal at www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com, which will screen individuals to ensure they meet CDC eligibility for testing.

For questions regarding testing, call 800-635-8611.

Beginning June 16, Walmart Neighborhood Market pharmacy drive-thru windows will offer COVID-19 testing at the following locations:

  • 11425 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress, TX
  • 8208 Barker Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX
  • 2165 Northpark Dr, Kingwood, TX

These drive-thru testing sites are open 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Testing is only available for adults aged 18 or older.

You must make an appointment through Quest’s MyQuestTM online portal, www.MyQuestCOVIDTest.com, which will screen and schedule appointments for those individuals that meet medical eligibility for the testing sites.

Any questions regarding testing and appointments, please call Quest’s dedicated COVID-19 line at 866-448-7719.

KROGER

Kroger continues free mobile drive-thru testing sites at two locations in the Houston area.

You must take a COVID-19 assessment online before getting tested at one of the sites. You can access the assessment tool here

Once the site determines you need to get tested, you will be asked to schedule an appointment and choose a testing location near you. You will be asked to activate a patient portal where your results will be delivered.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to bring your I.D. with you in order to get tested.

Fort Bend County 

Sugar Land: The tests are being done weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m

Appointments required: To schedule an appointment for either site, click on this link and fill out your information. If you do not have internet access, you can call (281) 238-2363 weekdays from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Following the pre-screening, a representative will be in contact to provide an identification code, appointment day, time and testing site address.  Residents with appointments should bring their unique ID code to the testing site. Testing is done without residents leaving their vehicles and the results are available in three to five days.

Each site has the capacity to do 200 tests per day. 

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Montgomery County sites

Walmart is providing free testing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at three locations in Montgomery County.

  • 20310 US 59, New Caney, TX 77357
  • 18700 Highway 105 W., Conroe, TX 77356
  • 1025 Sawdust Rd., Spring, TX 77380

Appointments must be made through eTrueNorth’s online portal at www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com, which will screen individuals to ensure they meet CDC eligibility for testing.

Galveston County testing sites

Galveston County is partnering with UTMB to offer free COVID-19 testing for Galveston County residents. 

Testing is available by appointment only and free to the public at three different sites in Galveston, League City and Texas City. County residents may schedule an appointment by calling 832.632.6731. 

A government issued form of identification will be required at the time of testing to verify residency.

For more information on COVID-19, please contact the health district’s information line at 409.938.7221, open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Brazoria County

Brazoria County has opened a free COVID-19 testing site at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds located at 901 S. Downing Street. May 26-29 only.

You must get pre-screened before showing up to the testing site. For prescreening, please call 281-824-1480.

If you meet the criteria for testing you will be issued a patient ID (PID) and directed to the Angleton Fairgrounds Testing Center. You will be asked to show your PID as the testing site. 

There are no other free sites, according to the Brazoria County website, but some are “income based.” At the following locations, arrangements must be made in advance and all visits are treated as regular provider visits.

Community Health Network (formerly Stephen F Austin)

Cost is income-based. Must be pre-screened by calling 281-824-1480, press 2

  • Freeport Community Health Center 905 N. Gulf Blvd., Freeport 
  • Adoue Family Health Center 1111 W. Adoue, Alvin
  • 77511 Scarsdale Family Health Center 10851 Scarsdale Blvd. Suite 160, Houston

Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center Pearland; 713-363-8020; 11525 Broadway St, Pearland

Next Level Urgent Care Pearland: 281-783-8162 8325: Broadway St, Suite 220, Pearland (Only testing high-risk patients)

Options Urgent Care; 979-285-2273; 208 Oak Dr. S.; Lake Jackson

UTMB Health Access Center; 979-849-6467; After hours: 409-772-2222; 136 E Hospital Dr., Angleton 

Chambers County testing site

Registration is open now for free COVID-19 testing in Chambers County.

You must register first by calling 512-883-2400 or online via TXCOVIDTEST.ORG

The testing is for:

  • Chambers County Residents (symptomatic)
  • Over Age 65
  • Healthcare Workers/First Responders

Testing location - White’s Park located at 222 White Park Rd #220, Wallisville, TX 77597.

The testing center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday starting May 3.

You must pre-register to get an appointment time.

On June 23, Chambers County announced two free mobile COVID-19 testing sites will be available to residents in the coming days.

The locations, date and time will be released 24 hours in advance of testing. Citizens are encouraged to follow Chambers County Public Health social media accounts and check the Chambers County website regularly for updated information.