Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: 84 Robert T Martinez Jr St, Austin, TX 78702
Tests are free, and no proof of medical insurance or residency is required.
PCR testing is available with or without an appointment, however scheduling an appointment is recommended to save time on-site and confirm test availability for a given day. Schedule online at covid19.austintexas.gov or by calling 3-1-1 or 512-974-2000.
Testing is also available at other sites around Austin, including pharmacies, hospitals, and urgent care centers.
Free rapid antigen tests are also available for pickup at the Metz Elementary testing site. Stop by during regular hours of operation. No appointment or ID required.
The federal government is offering a third round of free mail-order rapid COVID-19 tests. Visit covid.gov/tests to place an order. The latest round allows for an additional eight tests--in all, 16 free COVID-19 tests are available to each household.
Home testing units allow medical professionals to administer tests in the patient’s home. This helps limit person-to-person spread by keeping potentially infected residents quarantined at home. In-home testing is ideal for anyone with mobility issues, underlying health issues, or those lacking transportation within the Austin-Travis County area.
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. In-home testing is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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).
- Private Testing
Testing is available at private sites around Austin, including pharmacies, hospitals, and urgent care centers.
Those who have private insurance should contact their doctor’s office or insurer for assessment and testing options.
Reporting Your Results
Austin Public Health now has an online system for reporting the results of COVID-19 tests taken at home. The information you give in the system is not public and is confidential by law. You will not be contacted for a follow-up.