COVID-19 Testing Information

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If you have symptoms or had a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, you should be tested, regardless of your vaccination status. There are multiple Testing Options available to Texans. Also, the different Types of COVID-19 Tests look for different things, including current infection versus past infection.

You can use CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate testing and medical care.

Testing Options

People can get tested for COVID 19 at public testing sites and drive‑thru locations in certain parts of Texas. Self-test kits are also available and can be performed at home or anywhere else.

Self-Testing at Home

A self-test produces fast results and can be taken anywhere. You can use self-tests if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19, or even if you don’t have symptoms. Call your local pharmacy to ask about whether they have self-tests available.

Learn more about Self-Testing on the CDC website. Visit FDA’s website for a list of authorized tests. Some self-tests may have age limitations.

If you take a self-test and get a positive result, tell the people you might have seen recently and follow CDC’s guidelines for quarantine and isolation. Call your healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns about symptoms, or if you are at higher risk for developing severe illness.

Texas COVID-19 Test Collection Sites

COVID-19 testing is available at local health centers, clinics, and select pharmacies often at no cost. Please always call ahead to verify availability, check insurance coverage, or make an appointment as necessary.

Things to consider when looking for a public or drive-thru testing site:

  • Do I know the screening criteria for the public/drive-thru testing site?
  • Do I know the operating hours for the public/drive-thru testing site?
  • Do I know if I need a referral from my doctor before I visit the public/drive-thru testing site?
  • Do I know if the public/drive-thru testing site is covered by my insurance provider and/or how the billing process works?
  • Do I know what type of test is offered at the public/drive-thru testing site?
  • Do I know how to get my testing results?

Call ahead or visit the testing site website for information, as screening criteria and operating hours may change.

How to get your COVID-19 test results from LabCorp or Quest:

Please follow the instructions provided on your testing receipt. If your specimen was sent to LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics to be tested, see the instructions on How to Log in to LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics (PDF, V.1.0, released 3/31/2020) to obtain your COVID-19 test results online.

Types of Tests for COVID-19

For an explanation of the different types of tests for COVID-19, see COVID-19 Testing Explained (PDF, V.4.0, updated 9/07/2021).

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This page is being updated as new information becomes available.

Last updated January 19, 2022