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 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.
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.