Mayor Turner announces expansion of coronavirus testing to those without symptoms

More than 500 high-risk symptomatic people tested for COVID-19 at Houston’s testing site during first few days

All Houstonians can now be tested for COVID-19, regardless if they show symptoms of the virus.

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Monday the city is offering free testing to anyone, including asymptomatic carriers, at its two drive-thru locations.

Previously, those who wanted to be tested for coronavirus had to show symptoms and were required to complete an online questionnaire before reporting to a testing site.

Houstonians who want to be tested must first call (832) 393-4220.

The health department is experiencing a high volume of calls and is working to add more lines.

On Monday, the mayor announced 115 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths, bringing the city’s total to 2,239 cases and 18 deaths from COVID-19 thus far.

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