Rapid-result COVID-19 tests will be offered later this month at White Oak Music Hall, with a limited number of free tests available to members of the Houston music industry.
The local live music venue, located at 2915 N. Main St., announced Thursday it is partnering with New Orleans-based EASY Testing to offer two types of COVID-19 tests to anyone who wants them, regardless of symptoms. They will be administered from noon-6 p.m. on most days between Nov. 16-Nov. 29, with the testing site scheduled to be closed on Nov. 21, Nov. 26 and Nov. 28.
The tests will cost $149.99, which must be paid at the time a reservation is made, and patients with health insurance are encouraged to contact their providers regarding the potential for reimbursement. Reservations can be made at https://www.whiteoakmusichall.com/covid-testing-houston/. With support from the Houston Music Foundation, members of the local music community can apply online for free testing at the site.
Those who are tested can choose between rapid antigen tests, which will provide results in about 20 minutes, or PCR molecular tests, which have a typical turnaround time of 48 hours.
“Since the start of the pandemic, we have facilitated blood drives, food banks and more at White Oak Music Hall,” managing partner Johnny So said in a news release. “We’re very excited to host EASY Testing and continue to offer our space as a way to serve the community.”
A portion of the proceeds for test sales will benefit White Oak Music Hall, which recently resumed hosting concerts and other events after being closed for most of the last eight months. Opportunities to staff the testing operation are being offered to venue employees who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.
EASY Testing co-founder Ryan Chavez also works in the music industry as a producer and talent manager.
“Although it’s a different industry, the operations are very similar,” Chavez said. “A box office manager can oversee check-in, a marketing manager can create promotional campaigns, a venue manager can help staff and operate the facilities — the ultimate goal is to provide jobs to out-of-work venue employees and drive revenues to the venues themselves, all while increasing the citywide testing capacity.”