A free COVID-19 testing site offering rapid results will open Friday at the Ibn Sina North Shepherd Community Clinic, located at 5012 N. Shepherd Dr., according to a news release from the Ibn Sina Foundation.
A spokesperson for the Houston-based public health foundation, which is partnering with CVS Health to run the testing operation, said self-swab tests will be administered by appointment between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Results will be available on-site within approximately 30 minutes, according to the spokesperson.
To be eligible for the free tests, patients must be at least 18 years old and meet certain criteria, including having symptoms of COVID-19 or having had contact with someone who has or is suspected of having the contagious disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Those who wish to be tested must register in advance by calling 832-426-3760 to schedule a time slot for testing. A personal vehicle is not required.
“Unfortunately, people in Houston and Harris County are contracting COVID-19 at an alarming rate, especially in communities of color,” U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said in the news release. “… This is a crucial time and there is no doubt more COVID-19 testing is needed. That is why I am so proud of the efforts displayed by the Ibn Sina Foundation and CVS Health.”
Local health officials have reported a total of 50,370 COVID-19 cases in Houston and Harris County, with the disease having caused at least 491 deaths and 16,786 patients having recovered. In the six zip codes served by The Leader — 77007, 77008, 77009, 77018, 77091 and 77092 — there have been a total of 2,650 cases of COVID-19 with 17 deaths and 415 recoveries.
As of Wednesday, according to data compiled by the SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council, there were 2,034 COVID-19 patients in Harris County hospitals and 749 in intensive care.
Other free testing sites in the area include Houston ISD’s Delmar Stadium at 2020 Mangum Rd., where the Houston Health Department is administering up to 650 tests per day Monday through Saturday in a drive-through format. The site is open to anyone, regardless of symptoms, and an access code can be obtained by calling 832-393-4220 between 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free drive-through testing also is available at the United Memorial Medical Center location at 510 W. Tidwell Rd. between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays. More information is available at 1-866-333-COVID or at ummcscreening.com.
The Avenue 360 Health and Wellness testing location at 2150 W. 18th St. is a Federally Qualified Health Center where patients pay what they can afford, based on income and family size, and are not denied services due to lack of insurance or an inability to pay. Call 713-426-0027 for more information.