This is the protocol established by the CDC because it helps to decrease the number of false positive tests and it helps to ensure that the available testing kits for COVID-19 are being utilized in an appropriate and efficient manner.
Keep in mind that you may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.
Persons seeking COVID-19 testing must first call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure, before you make the trip.
Persons who may exhibit symptoms of the Coronavirus, as well as persons whom believe they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, need to directly contact their doctor and inform the clinic/hospital that you are about to travel to their facility, before actually traveling to that facility.
Testing at a medical provider is only available with a doctor’s order.
Doctors and physicians will determine if a patient meets the CDC criteria to actually have a COVID-19 test performed. If the person does not meet the criteria, then they will not be administered the Coronavirus test.
These free COVID-19 testing events do not require pre-registration but you will need to wear a face covering when you arrive to any of these locations.
These COVID-19 tests are also available for any non-symptomatic person from any county can come to receive a free PCR test for the COVID-19 virus.
St. Louis Baptist Church - 4000 Frankston Highway in Tyler (view map)
Brookshire's Culinary Center - 200 Rice Road in Tyler
Louis Morgan Drugs Pharmacy #1 - 1900 S. High Street in Longview
There are three types of tests available for COVID-19: polymerase chain reaction (PCR), antigen, and antibody (serology)testing. PCR and antigen tests detect whether a person is currently infected, while an antibody can detect whether a person had COVID-19, but an antibody test cannot determine active COVID-19 infection.