Guidance for COVID-Positive Individuals

Click here to learn the CDC recommendations for when a COVID-positive individual should quarantine.

Click here to learn the CDC recommendations for persons who are fully vaccinated.

Walk-In Free Testing Sites for COVID-19

  • HRS Medical (212 Old Grande Boulevard in Tyler, Suite #C-118 = located behind Traditions Restaurant)
    • Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • No appointment is necessary. Walk-ins are welcome.
    • Persons will be tested for free - whether you have health insurance or not
    • You are asked to bring your health insurance card in order to offset the administration cost but you will not be charged by your insurance company
    • Click here to view and download the flyer

Drive-Thru Free Testing Sites for COVID-19

Free COVID-19 testing is being provided by eTrueNorth at these East Texas locations:

  • Brookshire's Culinary Center at 200 Rice Road in Tyler and the Brookshire's Pharmacy at 2020 Roseland Boulevard in Tyler
  • Louis Morgan Drugs Pharmacy #1 (1900 S. High Street in Longview) and the Louis Morgan Drugs Pharmacy #4 (110 Johnston Street in Longview) 

Each of the above locations provide free COVID-19 testing through the self-administered nasal swab testing is available for anyone, whether you have symptoms or not. 

Persons must provide an email address, so that you can receive your test results from eTrueNorth. These drive-thru testing sites are only by appointment.

Click here to view the days and hours of operation, and to register for a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing appointment with eTrueNorth.

There are many many other COVID testing locations located throughout East Texas!!

Some of these testing sites may require payment before a COVID-19 test is provided, and may require that you actively show symptoms of COVID-19 infection.

Click here to view all drive-thru and walk-in COVID-19 testing locations in Texas.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has crafted explanations of authorized COVID-19 testing methods, as well as how to report adverse events, and the information is available in multiple languages: Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Follow this link to view updated COVID-19 guidance provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Call First!  Before you go to a doctor, please call first.

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.

If you are an existing patient with UT Health East Texas, click here.

If you are an existing patient with CHRISTUS Health System, click here.

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 Options for Persons Without a Medical Provider

  • People with no health insurance who live in Smith County
    • The Center for Healthy Living is operating a COVID-19 Call Center available for uninsured citizens of Smith County.
      • Speak with a Community Health Worker by calling (903) 593 - 7474
      • Prospective patients may contact NET Health COVID-19 Call Center Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Persons with no health insurance who live outside of Smith County
    • Call 2-1-1, and select "Option 6"
      • They will direct you to low-cost or no-cost providers in your area.
      • This phone number is answered anytime - day or night.

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.