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:

Drive-Thru Testing

A drive-through 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 at a drive-through testing site

Arrive in an enclosed vehicle and remain in the vehicle to be tested. 

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.

A printable Drive-Thru Testing flyer is available in English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 (简体) | 中文 (繁體) | 한국어 | العربية | اُردُو Burmese

  • 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

Neighborhood Testing

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.

What to expect at a neighborhood testing location

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. 

  • Please try to bring an umbrella and water in case you have to queue outside.   
  • Your appointment will be confirmed and you will 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

TIMES AND LOCATIONS:

Ana Lark Center (Pre-Register or Walk-Up)

Southeast Branch Austin Public Library (Pre-Register or Walk-Up)

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. 

What to expect with patient in-home testing

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

Pflugerville

Downtown Pflugerville

The Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) is partnering with Austin Public Health and the City of Pflugerville to operate a Downtown Pflugerville COVID-19 testing site at:

What you need to know before visiting the site:

  • Pre-registration required for testing
  • This is FREE state supported test collection site operating at no cost to the individual.
  • You do NOT need symptoms to test.
  • Appointment ONLY - Pre-registration required for testing
  • Results will be available 3 to 5 days after testing. You will receive an automated text and/or email with results once available. If you have any questions about your results, please contact the Spartan Medical Call Center at 1-888-998-3568.

You can also visit the City of Pflugerville COVID-19 website here.

Private

Those who have private insurance 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. View the COVID-19 Austin-area Test Locations Map here.

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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