UPDATED: Montgomery County expands voucher program for free COVID-19 testing

One of America's ER's drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites will participate in the county voucher program. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
One of America's ER's drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites will participate in the county voucher program. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

One of America's ER's drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites will participate in the county voucher program. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

Updated 4:17 p.m. May 18

The Montgomery County Public Health Department announced the addition of a third COVID-19 testing site to its countywide test voucher program May 18.

The new site, Woodlands Functional Family Medicine at 8000 McBeth Way, Ste. 190, The Woodlands, joins America's ER's drive-thru site at Woods Edge Church in Spring and the Lone Star Family Health Center in Conroe as participants in the county program. The Woodlands site is open to both symptomatic and asymptomatic residents who register for a voucher with the county. Both The Woodlands and Conroe locations require an appointment for testing, the health district said.

Test vouchers remain available for any residents who contact the county COVID-19 call center at 936-523-5040 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Vouchers must be used within five days of registration, and residents are limited to one voucher apiece.



Posted 4:29 p.m. May 12

Montgomery County's voucher-based COVID-19 testing program is set to begin May 13, the county public health district and hospital district announced May 12.

The service is available for all county residents through two clinics in Conroe and northern Spring. Residents wishing to be tested may register for single swab test vouchers by calling the county's COVID-19 call center at 936-523-5040 on weekdays between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Testing will be conducted at America’s ER drive-thru site at Woods Edge Community Church, located at 25333 Gosling Road, Spring, and the Lone Star Family Health Center at 605 S. Conroe Medical Drive, Conroe. The program is open for all symptomatic and asymptomatic county residents, although only America's ER will accept vouchers from those without symptoms.

Residents will be limited to one voucher each, and tests will be available as long as supplies last, according to the health department and hospital district.

The voucher program's launch comes two weeks after each county health organization approved the purchase of 6,120 swab tests, with funding provided through the federal coronavirus relief bill. The more than 12,000 tests will be used based on resident demand, and the county may hold back some tests in case of possible future COVID-19 case spikes, Montgomery County Hospital District CEO Randy Johnson said at the district's April 28 board meeting. The county had previously experienced difficulty acquiring tests needed to provide for large-scale, free testing, county officials said.

According to the Montgomery County Public Health District, 742 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the county as of May 12 including 468 active cases and 17 deaths. Based on information from the Texas Department of State Health Services, 8,416 COVID-19 tests had been performed at public and private labs in Montgomery County as of May 10.
By Ben Thompson
Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2019 and is a reporter for The Woodlands edition.


MOST RECENT

The Woodlands Transit will reopen The Woodlands Express Sawdust Park and Ride on June 1. (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)
The Woodlands Express to resume Sawdust Park and Ride service June 1

The lot is one of two The Woodlands Express park and ride locations that have been closed since late March.

Riva Row Boat House
GALLERY: Restrictions in Montgomery County easing, but residents remain cautious

Click through this photo gallery to see how residents are slowly adapting to life during a pandemic.

Conroe ISD will distribute meals until the end of June. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Conroe ISD to continue meal distributions through June

The district will offer meal pickups Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-noon through June.

Woodlands pool swim
Plans for pool openings, Fourth of July event move forward in The Woodlands

Seven village pools in The Woodlands will open June 6 with 25% capacity under current social distancing guidelines.

The death total in Harris County now stands at 221. With 11,770 cases confirmed in the county, the death rate stands at 1.9%. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 1 new death confirmed May 28, 8 deaths over past 7 days

By comparison, 23 deaths were confirmed between May 16-22, and 39 deaths were confirmed between May 9-15.

Klein Oak High School graduating senior Christopher Jones II received a variety of gift items from community member Rachael. (Courtesy Allanda Nichols)
Greater Houston-area graduating seniors celebrated through online community

Seniors of the graduating Class of 2020 are being celebrated with gifts and well-wishes through organized Facebook groups and "adopt-a-senior" programs created by Greater Houston-area community members.

Lone Star College plans to partially open 26 buildings beginning June 1. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lone Star College System discusses reopening plan for June 1

Lone Star College plans to partially open 26 of its buildings June 1, prioritizing health science buildings.

Outdoor venues in all Texas counties will be permitted to operate at up to 25% capacity starting May 31. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Spectators to be welcomed back to Texas outdoor sporting events May 31 at 25% of venue capacity

Venue owners must operate under guidelines that facilitate appropriate social distancing.

Montgomery County has more physicians and registered nurses per 100,000 residents than the nearby Harris County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Health Care Snapshot 2020: Montgomery County improves state ranking for number of physicians, registered nurses

Montgomery County has more physicians and registered nurses per 100,000 residents than nearby Harris County, according to 2019 data from Texas Health and Human Services.

In terms of county health in 2020, Montgomery County ranked among the top 15 on length of life and quality of life.
Health Care Snapshot 2020: Montgomery County ranks in top 10 in Texas for health outcomes

In 2020 county health rankings, Montgomery County ranked among the top 15 counties in Texas in the length of life and quality of life categories.

Volunteers pack boxes of food at the Montgomery County Food Bank. (Courtesy Montgomery County Food Bank)
Montgomery County nonprofits receive $235,000 through Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund

The funding was part of an $8.2 million distribution to dozens of nonprofits in the region announced May 28.