Houston Health Department

Houston Health Department, partners announce free COVID-19 testing schedule for week of May 3


May 3, 2021

HOUSTON - The Houston Health Department and its agency partners are announcing the schedule for sites offering free COVID-19 tests the week of May 3, 2021. Twenty FREE+FAST+SAFE testing sites across Houston are on the schedule for the week.

Houston Health Department

The Houston Health Department will offer drive-thru testing at two surge sites affiliated with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star Drive, and Houston Community College - North Forest, 6010 Little York Rd., will offer nasal self-swab tests.

Both sites will open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Appointments are available at doineedacovid19test.com and on-site registration is also available. Each site has a daily capacity of 1,250 tests.

The department will offer testing at five community sites that don't require appointments. Each has a daily capacity of 250 tests: 

Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center, 6402 Market St., Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., drive-thru and walk-up, self-nasal swab,

  • Crestmont Community Center, 5200 Selinksy Rd., Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., drive-thru and walk-up, self-nose swab,
  • Park Place Regional Library, 8145 Park Place Blvd., Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., drive-thru and walk-up, self-nose swab,
  • Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, 6719 W. Montgomery Rd., Wednesday/Friday/Saturday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Tuesday/Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., drive-thru or walk-up, mouth self-swab, and
  • Magnolia Multi-Service Center, 7037 Capitol St., Wednesday/Friday/Saturday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Tuesday/Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., drive-thru or walk-up, mouth self-swab.

The department will also provide drive thru, self-nasal swab testing at the METRO Addicks Park & Ride, 14230 Katy Freeway. Appointments are available by calling the department's call center at 832-393-4220.

Texas Division of Emergency Management

Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Houston Astros offer self-oral swab tests daily at Minute Maid Park (Lot C), 2208 Preston. The testing site’s capacity is 1,200 tests per day.

The site features eight drive-thru testing lanes and four walk-up testing lanes. It will open Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from noon to 8 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Visit curative.com to set an appointment or obtain more information. On-site registration is also available.

TDEM and the department will also operate drive-thru sites offering tests Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at:

  • HCC - Northeast Campus, 555 Community College Drive, self-mouth swab, and
  • HCC - South Campus, 1990 Airport Blvd., nasal swab by healthcare professionals.

Appointments for TDEM sites are available at covidtest.tdem.texas.gov. On-site registration is also available.

United Memorial Medical Center

United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) will offer nasal-swab testing by healthcare professionals at drive-thru test sites at:

  • PlazAmericas Mall, 7500 Bellaire Blvd.
  • Houston Community College - Southeast, 6815 Rustic St.; Building B
  • UMMC Tidwell, 510 W. Tidwell Rd.

The sites don’t require appointments and will offer testing Monday through Friday (PlazAmericas is also open Saturday) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until reaching daily capacity of 300 tests.

People needing information about UMMC test sites can call 1-866-333-COVID or visit ummcscreening.com.

Curative

Curative will provide walk up testing daily at:

  • University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose Blvd., shallow nose self-swab, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Memorial Park Conservancy, 1153 E. Memorial Loop Dr., mouth self-swab, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.,
  • Miller Outdoor Theater, 6000 Hermann Park Dr., mouth self-swab, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.,
  • Houston Metro West, 11555 Westpark Dr., mouth self-swab, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.,
  • Houston Metro Kashmere, 5700 Eastex Fwy., mouth self-swab, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., and
  • Houston Metro Fallbrook, 111 Fallbrook Dr., mouth self-swab, 8 a.m. 6 p.m.

Appointments are available at curative.com and on-site registration is available. The sites have a 900 daily test capacity.

Federally Qualified Health Centers

The health department is providing test kits, lab access and equipment to local Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) so they can expand their COVID-19 testing capacity. The centers and phone numbers people can call to set up testing appointments are:

  • HOPE Clinic, 713-773-0803
  • 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
  • Scarsdale Family Health Center, 281-824-1480.

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.

The department and its agency partners may shift locations and schedules of test sites to better meet community needs. Houstonians can visit HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 for current Houston testing sites and information about stopping the spread of the virus.

Information obtained through testing, treatment or services will not be used against immigrants in their public charge evaluation. 

Flyer: Houston COVID-19 testing sites for the week of May 3, 2021.