Fort Bend County to open two public coronavirus testing locations in Richmond, Katy on May 8

Fort Bend County is opening its fourth and fifth free, drive-thru coronavirus testing sites May 8. (Courtesy Fort Bend County)
Fort Bend County is opening its fourth and fifth free, drive-thru coronavirus testing sites May 8. (Courtesy Fort Bend County)

Fort Bend County is opening its fourth and fifth free, drive-thru coronavirus testing sites May 8. (Courtesy Fort Bend County)

Fort Bend County is opening its fourth and fifth no-cost, drive-thru coronavirus testing sites May 8 at the Gallery Furniture store in Richmond and at Katy ISD's Seven Lakes High School, according to a May 7 press release.

Fort Bend County has conducted a total of 4,815 tests at its other county-run testing locations as of 1 p.m. May 7. Jacquelyn Minter, the Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department director and local health authority, said at the May 5 Fort Bend County Commissioners Court meeting that testing remains a priority for the county.

Like the county’s other three sites, all tests performed at these new locations will be done free of charge to residents. Additionally, the county is continuing its partnership with AccessHealth to perform the tests, and LabCorp will provide the testing kits and results.

Residents do not need to be exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus to receive a test. However, to be tested at any of the five county-run sites, residents must sign up for an appointment online or by calling 281-238-2363. A representative will reach out to the resident to conduct a prescreening appointment and provide the resident with an identification code and test date and time.

Gallery Furniture is a Houston-based franchise owned by Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale. The Richmond location is at 7227 W. Grand Parkway S.



KISD's Seven Lakes High School is located at 9251 S. Fry Road, Katy.

The testing sites' hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Each site has the capacity to administer 200 tests a day, and test results take three to five days.

State and local elected officials, county staff, McIngvale and AccessHealth CEO Mike Dotson will host a joint press conference May 8 at Gallery Furniture - Richmond at 9:30 a.m.

The five Fort Bend County testing locations are as follows:




  • Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, 4310 Hwy. 36 S., Rosenberg

  • Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land

  • Thurgood Marshall High School, 1220 Buffalo Run, Missouri City

  • Gallery Furniture, 7227 W. Grand Parkway S., Richmond

  • Seven Lakes High School, 9251 S. Fry Road, Katy

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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