Free COVID-19 Testing for the General Public

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, and serology detects whether a person had aninfection in the past. 

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

Anyone in East Texas can come to any of the below COVID-19 testing events. Any non-symptomatic person from any county can come to receive a free PCR test for the COVID-19 virus. These COVID-19 tests are being administered by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), the agency who is providing these free COVID-19 testing opportunities throughout Texas, AND the agency who will contact you with test results.  

These walk-in testing events will not require pre-registration but you will need to wear a mask when you enter either of these locations.


Thursday July 9th

Thursday July 9th

Friday July 10th


Anyone who get tested at any of these events provide a working cell phone number. Test results will only be provided by text message or cell phone call.

More public screening sites are available throughout East Texas.  


Meet Clara, the Coronavirus Self-Checker

Clara is ready to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care related to COVID-19.

This system is only intended for persons who live in the United States.

Follow this link to meet Clara and take the 'Coronavirus Self Checker'.

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


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.

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.

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 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.