Fort Bend County announces its first coronavirus testing site

Fort Bend County will open its first coronavirus testing site March 26. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Fort Bend County will open its first coronavirus testing site March 26. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Fort Bend County will open its first coronavirus testing site March 26. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Update 6:12 p.m. March 26

According to a press release from OakBend Medical Group, the testing site is at the hospital system's New Territory location at 4911 Sandhill Drive, Sugar Land. Patients cannot receive a test without going through a screening process. Call 281-238-7870 to begin this process.

Update: 2:54 p.m. March 26

OakBend Medical Group and Fort Bend county have provided additional information about the coronavirus testing site.

According to a pop-up on OakBend Medical Group’s website, the site offers drive-thru testing.

“The patient specimen will be collected while the patient remains in the vehicle,” the pop-up states. “Patient must arrive by car or truck. No patients on bikes will be tested.”

Fort Bend County Judge KP George uploaded a Facebook video March 26 about the testing site. In the video, he said the testing site is privately operated by OakBend Medical Group and is not a county-run site. The county is working to open additional testing sites.

“We are actually working to set up at least a couple of sites,” George said. “It’s going to be coming up and running soon, but I don’t have an exact date. When it is available, it will be published.”

Update 7:18 p.m., March 25

Fort Bend County will have its own testing site for the coronavirus.

OakBend Medical Group will open a testing site 8 a.m. March 26, per a March 25 press release. An exact location was not provided.

The test is not free, per the release. Patients will be billed through their insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Self-pay patients will be charged $100.

Additionally, the testing site will only accept patients who are screened by a health care professional. To schedule the screening process, patients must call 281-238-7870.

Patients who meet the following criteria may be prompted to go to the testing site:

  • show symptoms of the coronavirus, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath;

  • are over the age of 65;

  • have a serious underlying health condition, such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease; or

  • are a health care worker.

The testing site will be open from 8a.m.-1 p.m., and testing results take 24-48 hours, per the release.

Community Impact Newspaper has reached out for more information from Fort Bend County including the exact location of the site, whether the site is drive-thru, how long the site will be open and how many tests it can conduct in a day. This story will be updated when additional information becomes available.

Additional testing sites are open across the Greater Houston area. Some are free, and some do not require pre-screening.