Where can I be tested?
Call your healthcare provider if you are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath and have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. It is important that you call first so they can evaluate your risk and determine if they need to see you in person so that other patients are not potentially put at risk.
There are also a number of urgent cares, emergency rooms, etc. that are testing. It is important that you call first so they can evaluate your risk and determine if they need to see you in person so that other patients are not potentially put at risk.
Free coronavirus testing sites:
Private, for-pay testing sites:
- UTMB: Please call for screening 800-917-8906
- Memorial Hermann – League City: Visit website for screening www.memorialhermann.org/virtualdashcare
- My Family Doctor
- Next Level Urgent Care
How does COVID-19 spread?
Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.
In addition to close contact with people, it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Early on, many of the patients in the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, it is now clear that person-to-person spread is occurring. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19, and investigations are ongoing.
How can I avoid infection with COVID-19?
The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial forhealth workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
If you are experiencing fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and have traveled internationally in the last 14 days, please contact the Galveston County Health District COVID-19 information call center at 409.938.7221, option 1.
What should I do if I think I may be sick?
Where can I learn more?
To learn key facts and help stop the spread of rumors, see the Share Facts, Not Fear page on the CDC's COVID‑19 website.
For more in-depth information on COVID-19, see the CDC's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).