Galveston County to open first drive-thru coronavirus testing site

On April 9, the Galveston County Health District will open in Texas City its first free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site for high-risk people who meet specific screening criteria. (Courtesy city of League City)
On April 9, the Galveston County Health District will open in Texas City its first free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site for high-risk people who meet specific screening criteria. (Courtesy city of League City)

On April 9, the Galveston County Health District will open in Texas City its first free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site for high-risk people who meet specific screening criteria. (Courtesy city of League City)

On April 9, the Galveston County Health District will open in Texas City its first free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site for high-risk people who meet specific screening criteria, according to a League City press release.

Those able to use the site include any resident age 65 or older; residents age 50 or older with two conditions, including diabetes, lung disease, heart disease or a compromised immune system; and residents of any age who show at least two COVID-19 symptoms, including coughing, shortness of breath, fever, loss of taste or smell or fatigue.

The site will operate by appointment only April 9-11 and 13 at the Galveston County Health District, 9850 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Texas City.

Residents who meet the criteria who want to be tested can call 409-978-4040 to make an appointment. Those being tested should bring a form of identification, such as a driver’s license or a bill with their name, the release reads.

The site has the capacity to test 176 residents a day. Each test is expected to take 30 minutes. Those tested will be contacted with results within 48-72 hours, according to the release.


For more information, visit www.gchd.org/testing.
By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.