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COVID-19 Testing Options

Free Harris County COVID-19 Testing

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

Who should be tested for COVID-19?


People who:

  • Have a fever* above 100.4°F (38°C) and with respiratory symptoms
  • Had close contact** with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Have other health conditions (diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, pregnancy)
  • Are age 60 and older
  • Are residents of nursing homes (or other senior living facility)
  • Are part of an investigation of a cluster or an outbreak
  • Are asymptomatic who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19


Priority is given to those who:

  • Are Healthcare workers/First responders
  • Are asymptomatic responders (law enforcement, public health officials, etc.)

Anyone who is sick needs to stay home. To protect yourself, wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or inside elbow and maintain a distance of about from 6 feet or more from others. This is only an assessment tool and does not replace medical advice from a healthcare provider.

Get Tested at Walgreens

  • Beginning on Friday, two Walgreens locations will begin offering drive through testing for up to 200 people per day. (Hours: 9AM to 5PM, 7 days a week, pending weather or other unforeseen circumstances.)
  • At these locations, Walgreens has provided dedicated space outside the stores where Walgreens pharmacists will oversee the self administration of rapid COVID-19 tests.
  • The tests will be free for people who meet the criteria established by the CDC for testing. This includes people without health insurance, and is available regardless of citizenship or immigration status.
  • Patients interested will need to register and secure an appointment in advance. To get tested, you will take an online screening questionnaire available via the link on ReadyHarris.org, the Walgreens website or the Walgreens mobile app. (Link FYI: https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid19/testing?ban=covid_testing)
  • If eligible, you’ll receive an e-mail and be directed to the testing location and asked to follow instructions -remain in your car with the window rolled up.
  • You’ll perform a nasal swab with the help of a Walgreens pharmacist.
  • You’ll receive results within 24 hours.

List of Additional Drive-Through Testing Sites

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has put together a comprehensive list of drive thru testing locations across the state of Texas. To access the map and to find a testing facility near you, click here.