Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates Council Member Amy Peck
March 21, 2020
The first free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in Houston will expand services today to symptomatic people age 65 and older.
People 65 and older with cough, difficulty breathing, and fever may call the Houston Health Department COVID-19 call center at 832-393-4220 between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM to be screened. People who meet the testing criteria will be provided a unique identification code and instructions on where to go for testing.
The site will only accept people with a unique identification code obtained through the screening process. People who show up without an identification code will not be tested.
The Houston Health Department, Harris County Public Health and the local medical community will open three other testing sites in the coming days and announce an online and updated phone-based screening process.
They are not identifying the testing sites to prevent people from showing up and being turned away because they did not complete the screening process.
The first testing site currently has the capacity to test approximately 150 people daily. The testing site will continue operating until further notice.
Workers at the sites will only collect insurance information and not accept payment. The information obtained through testing, treatment or services will not be used against immigrants in their public charge evaluation.