Fort Bend County opens second free coronavirus testing site in Sugar Land

Fort Bend County launched its second county-run coronavirus testing site April 27. (Courtesy National Institutes of Health)
Fort Bend County launched its second county-run coronavirus testing site April 27. (Courtesy National Institutes of Health)

Fort Bend County launched its second county-run coronavirus testing site April 27. (Courtesy National Institutes of Health)

Fort Bend County announced the opening of a second county-run coronavirus testing site in a press release Monday. The county continues to operate its testing location in Rosenberg.

This drive-thru testing location in Sugar Land is free to residents, as the county is paying all fees related to the tests, according to the release. The testing facility is open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

“I am pleased that we now have two community testing sites available for county residents,” County Judge KP George said in the release. “We expect that the increase in testing capabilities will help everyone better protect themselves and their families and flatten the curve here.”

Residents do not need to be experiencing symptoms to be tested. However, they must first sign up online to be prescreened by a representative. Prescreening is also available to residents without internet access over the phone Mon.-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat. 8 a.m.-noon at 281-238-2363.

Once residents complete prescreening, they will be provided with an identification code, an appointment date and time and the physical address of the testing site.



AccessHealth is performing tests at this location, and LabCorp is providing both the test kits and test results. Test results are available within three to five days. The site has the capacity to complete 200 tests a day, according to the release.

“I appreciate the partnership with AccessHealth and LabCorp, who can help provide this needed protection from the invisible enemy,” George said in the release.

In addition to these county-run coronavirus testing sites, there are several other testing locations serving Fort Bend County residents.



By Claire Shoop
Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.


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