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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing on Friday, Dec. 18

The City of Galveston will serve as a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site on Friday, December 18. The state will provide free testing at Fire Station 5, 5728 Ball Street, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


Testing is sponsored by the State of Texas and managed by the Texas Division of Emergency Management. A photo ID is the only item required for testing. 
We encourage all residents to get tested.  COVID-19 does not always cause symptoms in healthy people and identifying those cases early will help prevent community spread of the virus.  


Visitors will enter from the courthouse parking lot on the north side of the fire station from and exit to the front of the station. There will be cones and staff coordinating traffic.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What type of testing is this?
This is PCR (also called molecular) nasopharyngeal testing.  A long swab is inserted up through the nose.  This is uncomfortable, but not painful.  This is the most reliable and accurate type of testing.  It can take up to 4 days for results to come back.


Is there a charge for testing?
No.  No charge for anyone.


Do I need insurance? 
No.  No one will ask to see proof of insurance.


Do I need identification?  
Yes.  You must be able to show some form of ID, with your address so that results can go to the correct person.


What else do I need?
A phone number and email address are helpful as they help results get to you.


Who can be tested?
Anyone.  You do not need to have symptoms or exposure.  Anyone who wants to be tested can be tested.  Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 


Even kids?
Yes, but this is nasopharyngeal testing.  A long swab is inserted up through the nose.  This is uncomfortable, but not painful.  Children usually find it unpleasant.  You may have your children tested.  They will not enjoy it.  Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


How many people can get tested?  
We have the capacity to test approximately 250 people.  If we get a large crowd, we can bring in more people to help.


Will there be a wait? 
Possibly.  Because there are no appointments, there may be a wait.  Testing is very fast, so the line should move smoothly.  You do not need to get out of your car to test, and everyone in the car can be tested.  


Does the City of Galveston receive my results?
No.  The City will not know you have tested or receive your results.  The City Of Galveston serves as a facility host for this event only.


What else?
• You MUST wear a mask when you roll down your window to get tested. You will pull your mask down to uncover your nose while getting tested, and then replace mask.
• This is drive-thru only.


How to get there
Testing takes place at Fire Station 5
Enter on the (North Side of the station)
There will be signs directing traffic.

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