The mobile drive-thru site, which is located at the Kingwood Park Community Center at 4102 Rustic Woods Drive, Kingwood, will be operational May 26-27, according to a news release from the Houston Health Department. The free viral testing site will be open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and will accept only 250 tests per day.
Local residents must make an appointment with the TDEM before going to the site. Appointments can be made by calling 512-883-2400 or visiting txcovidtest.org.
This is the first viral testing site that has opened in Kingwood since the coronavirus outbreak began. A mobile drive-thru site operated in Humble on April 20-22 and May 7-9, a site is located in the Humble area on Atascocita Road, and there are at least two viral testing sites in New Caney. There are also several antibody testings sites in the Lake Houston area.
As of May 26, the 77345 ZIP code in the eastern portion of Kingwood has the lowest number of confirmed cases among the seven ZIP codes in Community Impact Newspaper's Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood coverage area.
The 77345 ZIP code, which is where the testing site is located, has 13 confirmed cases—10 active cases and 3 recovered—according to Harris County Public Health data. This accounts for less than 0.05% of the ZIP code's 28,804 residents, per American Community Survey five-year population estimates for 2018.
The nearby 77339 ZIP code has 86 confirmed cases—62 active, 20 recovered and 4 deaths—according to Montgomery County and Harris County Public Health data. These cases account for almost 0.21% of the ZIP code's population.
Correction: The original version of this article incorrectly stated that the Humble mobile site was the closest viral testing site to Kingwood. There are two viral testing sites in New Caney. The article has also been updated to clarify that this is a viral testing site, not an antibody testing site.