America's ER Medical Centers opens first drive-thru testing site in Montgomery County

America's ER Medical Centers opened the first drive-thru testing site for the new coronavirus disease in Montgomery County on April 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
America's ER Medical Centers opened the first drive-thru testing site for the new coronavirus disease in Montgomery County on April 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

America's ER Medical Centers opened the first drive-thru testing site for the new coronavirus disease in Montgomery County on April 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

America's ER Medical Centers opened the first drive-thru testing site for the new coronavirus disease in Montgomery County on April 4, America's ER announced April 4. The site—located at Stonebridge Church at 1 Stonebridge Church Drive, The Woodlands—is open to anyone, according to information from America's ER.

The site opened for a test run April 2, and the first patient tested was found to be positive for the coronavirus, officials with America's ER said.

As of publication April 6, Montgomery County had confirmed 161 cases of the coronavirus since early March.

Here are more details about the testing site operated by America's ER.

Who can get tested for coronavirus?


Anyone can be tested.

When is drive-thru testing available?

Hours are subject to change and can be found here. The testing site will be closed April 7 but is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 6 and April 8-11.

How much does it cost?

The test costs $150. Cash and credit cards are accepted as well as insurance. According to information from America's ER, the charges cover the cost for evaluation and screening, test collection, required supplies, staffing expenses and lab fees. As America's ER is not a public entity and therefore does not receive public funding, there is a cost for the drive-thru testing. Free testing is only available at government-sponsored testing centers, according to America's ER.

When will test results be received?

According to information from America's ER, lab tests could be processed in three to four days. However, turnaround times could take up to 10 days or longer, depending on the volume of tests being processed.

How are patients notified of test results?

Staff from America's ER will contact clients at a phone number provided during registration for the testing site.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball | Magnolia

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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