TYLER, Texas — COVID-19 is spreading throughout East Texas and it's important to know where you can get tested.
CBS19 has compiled a list of local testing options that we will continuously update as new sites open.
HEALTHCARE PROVIDER TESTING
Before you make a trip to a local testing site (unless it's free walkup testing), calla healthcare provider and tell them about symptoms and exposure.
Those who may exhibit symptoms of the coronavirus, as well as people who believe they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, need to directly contact their doctor and inform the clinic/hospital that you are about to travel to their facility, before actually traveling to that facility. This is the protocol established by the CDC because it helps to decrease the number of false positive tests and it helps to ensure that the available testing kits for COVID-19 are being utilized in an appropriate and efficient manner.
Testing at a medical provider is only available with a doctor’s order. Doctors and physicians will determine if a patient meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria to actually have a COVID-19 test performed. If the person does not meet the criteria, then they will not be administered the coronavirus test.
If you are an existing patient with CHI St. Luke's Health, click here.
If you are an existing patient with CHRISTUS Health System, click here.
If you are an existing patient with Longview Regional Medical Center, click here.
If you are an existing patient with Nacogdoches Medical Center, click here.
If you're an existing patient with Nacogdoches Memorial Health, click here.
If you are an existing patient with UT Health, click here.
If you are an existing patient with Woodland Heights Medical Center, click here.
IF YOU'RE UNINSURED
People with no health insurance who live in Smith County can contact the Center for Healthy Living. You can speak with a community health worker by calling (903) 617-6404. Prospective patients may contact NET Health's COVID-19 call center Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Those with no health insurance who live outside of Smith County can call 211 and select option 6. The phone number is answered anytime — day or night and you will be directed to low-cost or no-cost providers in your area.
FREE TESTING SITES
NET Health says free drive-thru testing is available Monday - Saturday, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Longview Convention Complex, located at 100 Grand Boulevard in Longview. Testing will be available until further notice.
You can register online or in person. A valid ID and phone number are needed to get a test and results are available in 24-48 hours. This is a viral test only (not antibody testing).
Free testing will be available in Nacogdoches County from Thursday, August 6 - Saturday, August 8.
The free testing site will be the Nacogdoches County Exposition and Civic Center parking lot. Testing will take place from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Registration is required as all testing will be scheduled in advance. Click here to register.
Additional free testing will be held from Monday, August 10 - Saturday, August 22, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Mt. Pleasant Civic Center, located at 1800 North Jefferson Ave. The testing will be a cheek swab.
CVS Pharmacy is also offering drive-thru, self-swab testing at multiple locations in East Texas:
- 702 East Tyler Street - Athens
- 101 Loop 59 North - Atlanta
- 801 West Panola Street - Carthage
- 725 East Main Street - Henderson
- 1754 West Loop 281 - Longview
- 1204 East Lufkin Avenue - Lufkin
- 923 West Frank Street - Lufkin
- 601 South Jefferson Avenue - Mount Pleasant
- 1424 North Street - Nacogdoches
- 1919 South Loop 256 - Palestine
- 3710 Lamar Avenue - Paris
To make an appointment at your nearest CVS location, click here. Due to high demand, please allow 6-10 days for results. In some instances, CVS says their lab partners may take even longer to return results. For a list of FAQs, click here.
ADDITIONAL TESTING SITES
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, unless otherwise stated, a deductible, co-pay or co-insurance may apply at the following testing sites. Testing may require a physician referral or prior authorization. Please call the respective sites to confirm.
- Integrity Urgent Care - 1115 E Tyler Street, Athens (No physician referral required; No appointment required; No drive-thru testing)
- Family First Urgent Care - 2114 East Rusk Street, Jacksonville (No physician referral required; Testing by appointment only; Drive-thru testing)
- Excel ER - 120 East Loop 281, Longview (Testing by appointment only; No drive-thru testing)
- HealthCARE Express - 1509 West Loop 281, Longview (No physician referral required; Testing by appointment only; No drive-thru testing)
- Hospitality Health ER - 3111 McCann Road, Longview (No physician referral required; Testing by appointment only; No drive-thru testing)
- Louis Morgan Drugs No. 1 - 1900 South High Street, Longview (Testing by appointment only)
- Quest Diagnostics - 603 North Second Street, Longview (Physician referral required; Testing by appointment only; No drive-thru testing)
- Quest Diagnostics - 503 Gaslight Boulevard, Lufkin (Physician referral required; Testing by appointment only; No drive-thru testing)
- HealthCARE Express - 711 East End Boulevard South, Marshall (No physician referral required; Testing by appointment only; Drive-thru testing)
- MedPost Urgent Care - 1305 North Street, Nacogdoches (No physician referral required; No appointment required; No drive-thru testing)
- Exceptional ER - 2222 East Southeast Loop 323, Tyler (No appointment necessary; You do have to go in to get a test)
- Hospitality Health ER - 3943 Old Jacksonville Highway, Tyler (Testing by appointment only; No drive-thru testing)
- Quest Diagnostics - 822 South Fleishel Avenue, Tyler (Physician referral required; Testing by appointment only; No drive-thru testing)