HOUSTON – Several people lined up outside of the Mexican Consulate near Midtown waiting to be tested Wednesday morning.
The Houston Health Department has set up 20 free testing sites across Houston, including four mega-sites. Health officials are urging everyone to get tested, especially those in the Latino community who have been disproportionately affected by coronavirus infections.
The day’s turnout did not look like it did back in June when more than 1,500 people lined up to get free tests at the Mexican Consulate. The line of cars caused a traffic jam along the Southwest Freeway.
Officials said you will be able to get the free COVID-19 test regardless of your immigration status. Officials will only ask you for a name and phone number. The consulate will be open today from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and again on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You do not need an appointment at the Mexican Consulate testing site.
The Houston Health Department, in partnership with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services and the State of Texas, will offer testing at Darrell Tully Stadium, 1050 Dairy Ashford Rd. The high-volume site has a 1,250 daily test capacity and opens 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Appointments are available at www.doineedacovid19test.com.
On-site registration is also available. The department also offers free drive-thru testing at two other mega-sites in Houston:
- Delmar Stadium, 2020 Mangum Rd., and
- Butler Stadium, 13755 S. Main St.
Each site will open Tuesday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until reaching daily capacity of 650 tests. People wanting to get tested at Delmar Stadium can call the department’s COVID-19 Call Center at 832-393-4220 between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to receive an access code.