Austin Public Health Testing Sites
Austin Public Health (APH) operates several COVID-19 testing sites throughout Austin. You can sign-up for a test through the Public Testing Enrollment Form or through the APH Nursing Hotline (512-972-5560). When calling the Hotline press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish, 3 for Vietnamese and other languages. Hotline hours are Mon.-Fri. 8am-6pm and Sat. 9am-1pm.
The Enrollment Form allows anyone to complete an online assessment for COVID-19 testing. The enrollment, referral and testing through APH are FREE, and you will never be asked about your immigration status. Those with insurance are encouraged to contact their physician’s office or insurer directly for testing referrals and private options. There are additional free testing services through APH partner CommUnityCare.
After scheduling a test, you will receive a confirmation via email or phone call that gives you information on your testing site and your appointment date and time.
Types of public testing sites APH currently operates and what to expect:
- What to expect at a drive-through testing site
This testing site requires individuals to arrive in an enclosed vehicle and remain in the vehicle to be tested. You will be rescheduled if you arrive on-site by walking, riding a bike, scooter, motorcycle or convertible with the top down.
What to Expect When Arriving:
Upon entering, do not open your window. For safety, staff at the testing site will be wearing personal protective equipment. They will use signage to direct you to the correct lanes as they will not be able to speak to you.
- Drive by yourself if you are able; only people who are scheduled will be tested. Do not expect to have anyone else in your vehicle tested.
- Do not bring pets. If you have a pet in the vehicle, you will be asked to return later or be rescheduled.
- This is a drive-through testing site, so you will not exit your vehicle at any time during this process.
- Display your ID and if possible your confirmation email on your dashboard to the testing site staff. Upon verification of identity, testing staff will direct you to the testing lane.
- Once in the testing lane, the tester will need to confirm your identity again by asking for your name and date of birth
- What to expect at a neighborhood testing location
This testing is set up for people in neighborhoods that have experienced the highest number of cases of COVID-19 in Austin. Individuals are asked to enroll online or over the phone to secure an appointment. Walk-ups will be accepted but are not guaranteed an appointment the same day. This testing allows individuals to arrive at the testing site by any form of transportation (i.e. car, bike, walking).
What to Expect When Arriving:
Once at the testing site, you will be required to walk up to the testing station to be tested, which may be placed in an inside or outside setting. When you’re in line for the testing site, you’ll be stationed 6 feet apart.
- Due to the heat, please try to bring an umbrella and water in case you have to queue outside.
- Your appointment will be confirmed and you’ll be checked in.
- If you did not schedule an appointment ahead of time, an employee will help you complete an assessment at this time.
- Once checked in, you will move into a test room with an assigned testing space
- What to expect with patient in-home testing
Home testing units allow medical professionals to administer tests in the patient’s home, helping to limit person-to-person spread by keeping potentially infected residents quarantined at home. This type of testing is ideal for anyone with mobility issues, underlying health issues, or those lacking transportation within the Austin-Travis County area
Home testing is still in its pilot phase, and the availability of this program may change in the future based on staff capacity and public demand.
To sign up for a home test, please call the nurse hotline at 512-972-5560, where they will walk you through an assessment and then help schedule a home test.
What to Expect before the Test:
You will receive a phone call the morning of your test asking you to confirm that you signed up for and will be home for your scheduled COVID-19 test. If you do not receive a phone call the morning of your test, a nurse will arrive at your residence during your scheduled appointment
A printable Home Testing flyer is available in English (PDF), Spanish (PDF), Chinese Simplified (PDF), Chinese Traditional (PDF), Vietnamese (PDF), Arabic (PDF), Urdu (PDF), Burmese (PDF), and Korean (PDF).
Other Testing Options
APH, in partnership with the Texas Department of Emergency Management, is offering walk-up testing in Pflugerville at the Pfield, 1440 W Pecan St., Pflugerville, TX, 78660.
- Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Pfield testing site capacity is 300 people per day, or until tests run out, and it is first-come, first served. Individuals do not need to register in order to be tested at the site.
For more information about COVID-19 in Pflugerville, visit the Pflugerville COVID-19 website
CommUnityCare, an APH partner, offers FREE COVID-19 health services for people with are uninsured. Those with insurance are encouraged to contact their physician’s office or insurer directly for testing referrals and private options.
- Testing is for CommUnityCare patients and people who are uninsured or do not have a family doctor
- Those who have insurance will have their insurance billed
- No appointments needed, arrive early, first come-first serve
- IDs will be requested but no one will be turned away if they do not have an ID
- Medical Assistance Program (MAP) accepted
Call 512-978-8775 before your visit since days and times are different at each location:
- Hancock Center (Monday - Saturday)
- Barbara Jordan Elementary (Mon & Fri)
- Hornsby Dunlap Elementary (Tuesdays)
- Manor High School (Wednesdays)
- Southeast Metro Park (Thursdays)
APH and CommUnityCare testing options are intended for those who do not have insurance or a primary care physician. Those who do should contact their doctor’s office or insurer for private assessment and testing options. Testing is available at private sites around Austin, including through hospitals, at pharmacies, or at urgent care centers.
Testing location information is provided by independent testing providers. The City of Austin has not verified the accuracy of reported locations. The City of Austin is not responsible for the medical or testing services provided. Testing providers, please complete this survey if you would like your test location added to the map.
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