Getting tested at Houston Health Department-affiliated sites is FREE, and does not require proof of residency, citizenship or insurance.

Who should get tested for current infection

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • Most people who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with confirmed COVID-19. 
    • Fully vaccinated people should be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
    • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not need to get tested following an exposure as long as they do not develop new symptoms. 
  • Unvaccinated people who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 because they cannot physically distance as needed to avoid exposure, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded or poorly-ventilated indoor settings. 
  • People who have been asked or referred to get tested by their healthcare provider, or statetriballocalexternal icon, or territorial health department. 
  • CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional. 

Learn more on the CDC website.

COVID-19 In-Home Health Testing

The Harris County Area Agency on Aging offers COVID-19 in-home testing. To qualify, you must reside in Harris County. Call 832-393-4301 or 800-213-8471 for more information. Download our flyer.

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Houston Health Department fixed testing sites operate with consistent locations and schedules. Appointments are not required.

  • Acres Homes Multi-Service Center
    6719 W. Montgomery Rd, 77091
    Drive-thru or walk up
    Wed., Fri., Sat.: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Tues., Thur.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Hiram Clark Multi-Service Center
    3810 Fuqua St, 77045
    Drive-thru or walk up
    Wed., Fri., Sat.: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Tues., Thurs.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Magnolia Multi-Service Center
    7037 Capitol St., 77011
    Drive-thru or walk up
    Wed., Fri., Sat.: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Tues., Thurs.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Southwest Multi-Service Center
    6400 High Star Dr.
    Wed., Fri., Sat.: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Tues., Thurs.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Houston Health Department pop-up testing sites change locations weekly.

No pop-up locations currently available.

Curative logo.

Curative walk-up testing kiosks, open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (unless otherwise noted), use shallow nasal swabs. Appointments are not required but available via

  • Beltway South
    11601 S Sam Houston Pkwy, 77089
  • Fe Y Justicia Worker Center
    1209 James St., 77009
  • Hearthstone Corners Shopping Center
    6016 Highway 6 North, 77084
  • Hermann Park (Miller Outdoor Theatre)
    6000 Hermann Park Dr., 77030
  • Houston Metro Fallbrook
    111 Fallbrook Dr., 77038
  • Houston Metro Fannin South
    1604 W. Belfort Blvd., 77054
  • Houston Metro Hiram Clark
    4175 Uptown Dr., 77045
  • Houston Metro Kashmere
    5700 Eastex Fwy., 77026
  • Houston Metro Polk
    5700 Polk St., 77023
  • Houston Metro West
    11555 Westpark Dr., 77082
  • Jones Square
    10955 FM 1960 West, 77070
  • Maplewood
    5645 Beechnut, 77096
  • Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
    11612 Memorial Dr., 77024
    Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Northshore Shopping Center
    1238 Uvalde Rd., 77015
  • Orange Grove Parking Lot
    10225 Almeda Genoa Rd., 77075
  • Sellers Bros.
    1523 Little York Rd. 77093
  • Tanglewilde Center
    9529 Westheimer, 77063
  • University of Houston-Downtown
    201 Girard St., 77002
    Every day, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • University of St. Thomas
    1300 Richmond Ave.
    Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Vida City Church
    1300 W. Mount Houston Rd., 77038
    Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

United Memorial Medical Center testing sites use nasal swabs administered by healthcare professionals. The sites do not require appointments and operate Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Houston Community College - Southeast Campus
    6815 Rustic, St., 77087
  • PlazAmericas
    7500 Bellaire Blvd., 77036
  • United Memorial Medical Center
    510 W Tidwell Rd., 77091

Harris County Public Health logo.

To sign up for COVID-19 testing via Harris County Public Health, please visit or call 832-927-7575.
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