COVID-19 is such a new virus there are constant medical discoveries on its dangerous effects, but there is no mystery about how to slow its rapid spread: Protect yourself from getting it and get tested. As cases, hospitalization and deaths quickly increase in Harris County, employers struggle to stay afloat and school officials grapple with decisions on how or if to open schools. The good news is, we don’t have to wait for a vaccine to save us, we have the tools now to protect ourselves, our families and our community. Prevent the disease by staying home as much as possible, when in public wear a mask and stay 6 feet from others and wash your hands often.
In addition, everyone should get tested since we now know up to 40% of people infected with the virus may have no symptoms. If you are tested and have COVID-19, your provider or health department will be in touch to help you understand any symptoms that may develop and advise you if you need medical treatment. Get tested for free at any of Harris County Public Health’s 6 drive-through sites. Four mobile sites change locations weekly and there are two stationary sites: CyFair at the Ken Pridgeon Stadium, 11355 Falcon Rd, Houston, TX 77065 and Pasadena, on the San Jacinto College Central Campus, 8060 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX 77505. Stationary sites are open 6 days, Monday-Saturday and mobile sites are open 5 days, Monday-Saturday and closed one weekday. To protect people being tested at our sites and our staff, sites may close due to storms or extreme heat.
Sign up online at www.hcphtx.org and take the self-assessment or call 832.927.7575. Results are available in 5-7 business days. You must take the self-assessment to get an authorization code for a testing site.
Mobile locations for the week of July 20-25, Monday-Saturday are:
- Michael R. Null Middle School 12117 Garrett Rd, Houston TX 77044
Closed Tuesday, July 21
- M.O. Campbell Education Center 1865 Aldine Bender, Houston TX 77032
Closed Wednesday, July 22
- George Bush Park, Fun Fair Positive Soccer 2015 Westheimer Pkwy, Houston TX 77082
Closed Thursday, July 23
- Klein ISD Police Department 7407 Louetta Rd, Spring TX 77379
Closed Friday, July 24
Testing appointments fill up quickly sometimes. Click on this link for a list of other testing options. Some are free, but others are not, so call first. You can also be tested by your provider or clinic.
Visit www.hcphtx.org for COVID-19 updates and resources.