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.