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) 617 - 6404
      • Prospective patients may contact NET Health COVID-19 Call Center Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 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. 

Free COVID-19 Testing Locations

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)

  • Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Available for anyone - whether you have symptoms or not
  • No appointment needed: this is a walk-in testing location and you must wear a face covering upon entry
  • Oral saliva testing is the method being provided at this location (no antibody testing)
  • Valid ID required & contact info will be requested when you are able to be tested, not while you wait in line
  • Persons must provide a working cell phone number

Brookshire's Culinary Center - 200 Rice Road in Tyler

  • Every Monday morning and every Wednesday morning from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., until further notice
  • This drive-thru testing site is only by appointment only
  • Available for anyone - whether you have symptoms or not
  • Self-administered nasal swab testing is the method being provided at this location (no antibody testing)
  • Persons must provide an email address, so that you can receive your test results
  • Results will be provided to you by eTrueNorth, and not by NET Health
  • Click here to register for an appointment

Louis Morgan Drugs Pharmacy #1 - 1900 S. High Street in Longview

  • Every Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., until further notice
  • This drive-thru testing site is only by appointment only
  • Available for anyone - whether you have symptoms or not
  • Self-administered nasal swab testing is the method being provided at this location (no antibody testing)
  • Persons must provide an email address, so that you can receive your test results
  • Results will be provided to you by eTrueNorth, and not by NET Health
  • Click here to register for an appointment


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.

Follow this link to learn the differences between the PCR, antigen, and serology testing, and when one test might be used over another.