Testing for COVID-19 that is being provided at CVS pharmacies, free-standing ER's, and various urgent care clinics are listed within the below link.

Click here to view the state map of all drive-thru and walk-in COVID-19 testing locations listed within the website of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM).

  • You will need to directly contact the facility to learn if they are providing rapid testing (antigen testing) or PCR testing (laboratory testing).
  • 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.
  • Unless otherwise stated, deductible, co-pay or co-insurance may apply. May require physician referral or prior authorization. Please call site to confirm.  

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).


Walk-In Free Testing Sites for COVID-19

These FREE COVID-19 tests are available for anyone from any county, whether they have symptoms or not, to have oral saliva samples collected for PCR testing analysis. 

Valid ID required & contact info will be requested when you are able to be tested, not while you wait in line.

You must provide a working cell phone number in order to receive your test results

It is advised that you do not eat, drink, or smoke anything at least 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

Monday through Saturday at the New Life Community Church - 1201 NNW Loop 323 in Tyler (across from Tyler High School)


Drive-Thru Free Testing Sites for COVID-19

Free COVID-19 testing is also 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 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.

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.