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Free coronavirus testing available in north Houston for anyone with symptoms

The free testing was made possible after President Donald Trump approved a coronavirus relief package and signed it into law Wednesday evening.

The testing is being conducted in the parking lot of United Memorial Medical Center located at 510 West Tidwell in north Houston.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, the Chair of the Congressional Coronavirus taskforce, announced the free testing center Wednesday night. She is a Democrat from Houston, representing Texas’ 18th Congressional District.

Lee said the testing center will be equipped with 2,000 tests Houston Latest News and is urging anyone with symptoms related to coronavirus — fever, cough and shortness of breath — to get tested.

Testing will be free but you will only be tested if you are showing symptoms.

“We’re looking forward to this being a smooth process, where it will be drive-thru," Lee said. "Very orderly process of assessing the individual and onto a process and finally testing. They’ve indicated that they can have the test back in under 24 hours.”

Free testing began at the location at 10 a.m. Thursday and will continue until 8 p.m. On Friday, testing will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Next week, testing will continue from Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Physicians said it would take approximately 24 hours for them to receive the results after the test.Houston Press Release Distribution Service After that, patients will be notified if they are positive or negative.

Anyone seeking to get tested must bring a form of identification, that includes children.

First coronavirus testing in Houston
Cars lined West Tidwell Road Thursday morning, outside the area’s first free drive-through Coronavirus testing site.

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