COVID-19 Testing Locations

Free COVID-19 testing is being provided by eTrueNorth in Tyler at the Brookshire's Culinary Center (200 Rice Road in Tyler) and at the Louis Morgan Drugs Pharmacy #1 (1900 S. High Street in Longview).

Both of these locations provide COVID-19 testing using self-administered nasal swab testing and 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, and not from NET Health. These drive-thru testing sites are only by appointment. Click here to register for a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing appointment.

There are also testing locations at pharmacies, free-standing ER's, and various urgent care clinics.

There are three types of tests available for COVID-19: (1) polymerase chain reaction testing (PCR), antigen (a.k.a. rapid testing), and antibody (a.k.a. serology) testing.

PCR and antigen tests detect whether a person is currently infected 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.

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.