HOUSTON – Surge testing begins in Harris County Thursday and two locations are transitioning to free surge testing sites.
Ken Pridgeon Stadium and San Jacinto College Central Campus locations will transition to surge testing sites, aiming to increase testing capacity and faster lab turnaround times, officials said.
Officials said the temporary transition, lasting roughly two weeks or until 30,000 testing samples are reached, will take place at both stationary sites starting Thursday and operational hours will be Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to these hours, starting Aug.4, officials introduced evening testing at the stationary locations every Tuesday (Pridgeon) and Thursday (San Jacinto) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to better support the community.
With the additional resources and new process, officials said testing capacity at each location will increase from 750 tests per day to 1,250 and residents should receive their results in three to five business days.
What is surge testing?
Surge testing provides additional temporary federal support to areas around the county that have seen a recent spike in coronavirus cases.
“Surge testing in Harris County marks an important milestone in our efforts to mitigate COVID-19 locally and we are grateful to our federal and state partners for this opportunity,” said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, HCPH Executive Director. “It is vital that our residents have access to free testing, but this partnership also helps address the need of increasing our testing capacity and residents getting their results faster.”