America's ER to move to COVID-19 testing by appointment June 8 at Cypress, Magnolia facilities; large-scale testing site closes June 4

America's ER operated a drive-thru testing site in The Woodlands in mid-April, which later moved to WoodsEdge Community Church. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
America's ER operated a drive-thru testing site in The Woodlands in mid-April, which later moved to WoodsEdge Community Church. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

America's ER operated a drive-thru testing site in The Woodlands in mid-April, which later moved to WoodsEdge Community Church. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

Editor's note: This story has been updated to note that vouchers are still being accepting by America's ER from Montgomery County.

America's ER Medical Centers announced June 2 its large-scale drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility at WoodsEdge Community Church on Gosling Road will close June 4 at 6 p.m., according to a statement from America's ER.

The large-scale testing facility has been located at WoodsEdge since May 13 and is closing to allow WoodsEdge to resume limited services beginning June 7, according to the statement.

"To ensure we do not hinder or interfere with the logistics of welcoming back their congregation, America's ER will be closing our drive-through COVID-19 testing facility at WoodsEdge Community Church," officials wrote in the June 2 statement.

Although America's ER has no current plans to open another large-scale drive-thru site due to decreased public demand for COVID-19 testing, according to the statement, America's ER facilities in Magnolia and Cypress will offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing beginning June 8 by appointment only with online registration.


COVID-19 testing will continue to be available at the two locations to individuals, regardless of symptoms, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by appointment, according to the statement.

"In the event of COVID-19's resurgence, America's ER will re-evaluate the need for large-scale drive-through testing in light of any local, state, and federal agency's response and will reopen a new drive-through facility to help with testing demand if we are able to do so," officials wrote in the June 2 statement. "America's ER remains dedicated to this goal [to test as many residents as possible], will stay the course as long as we are able, and will continue to offer this much-needed public services as the state reopens and our communities begin the slow return to our new normal."

America's ER offers a swab test as well as antibody blood testing. Montgomery County residents have the option of receiving a voucher from the Montgomery County Public Health District and Montgomery County Hospital District by calling 936-523-5040 for free COVID-19 testing, of which 11,460 vouchers remain. However, residents of all other counties can self-pay for testing or use their insurance. Self-pay testing is $150 for a swab test and $75 for an antibody test, according to information from America's ER.

Until its closing June 4, testing is available from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. with antibody testing stopping at 5 p.m., according to information from America's ER.

America's ER is still accepting vouchers for testing as of June 3, officials said.

Learn more by visiting the website for America's ER.
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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