Fort Bend County, AccessHealth launching free coronavirus testing site

Fort Bend County and AccessHealth are launching a free coronavirus testing site in the county. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Fort Bend County and AccessHealth are launching a free coronavirus testing site in the county. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Fort Bend County and AccessHealth are launching a free coronavirus testing site in the county. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Update 3:48 p.m. March 30

A representative from AccessHealth has confirmed via email the Fort Bend County-supported, free, drive-thru coronavirus testing site opens March 31. Additionally, the location of the testing site will be provided only after a patient completes the screening process. Patients can begin this screening process by going online here.

Update 2:40 p.m. March 30

Fort Bend County and AccessHealth provided a few more details about the drive-thru coronavirus testing site at a 2 p.m. press conference.

The site will initially test about 100 patients per day, AccessHealth CEO Mike Dotson said. The site aims to help the county’s most vulnerable populations but will accept anyone for testing so long as they are prescreened and receive a unique code with instructions to go to the site.

Neither Fort Bend County nor AccessHealth provided the location of the testing site at the conference. Community Impact Newspaper has reached out to the county and AccessHealth for this information.

Funding for the site and free tests comes from Fort Bend County and AccessHealth. The county is providing infrastructure, security, personal protective equipment and supplies, while AccessHealth is providing administrative staff, medical staff and laboratory services.

Update 1:28 p.m. March 30

Fort Bend County Judge KP George announced in a March 30 press release the county will open its first county-supported coronavirus testing site.

The site will offer free COVID-19 testing and will only test patients who are prescreened. Patients can begin this screening process by going online here.

“There is no cost to those who need testing, but access to testing will only be granted after completion of the online screening and the medical screening,” the release states. “After screening is complete, people receive a unique testing code that will be required at the testing site.”

The county is opening the site in partnership with AccessHealth, a not-for-profit health center, per the release. The site will remain open so long as it has enough supplies.

When the site will open and where the site will be located was not provided. However, Fort Bend County Health & Human Services reported multiple testing sites are open, according to a 12:36 p.m. March 30 Facebook post. AccessHealth has six locations in Fort Bend County, per its website.

George will host a 2 p.m. press conference, per the press release. Community Impact Newspaper has reached out for additional information, and this article will be updated when additional information is obtained.

OakBend Medical Group opened a drive-thru coronavirus testing site on March 26 at 4911 Sandhill Drive, Sugar Land. The test is not free, and patients cannot receive a test without going through a screening process. Call 281-238-7870 to begin this process.
By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. She covers education, transportation, local government, business and development in the Katy area.


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