Free COVID-19 Testing in McLennan County

If you suspect you may have the Coronavirus (COVID-19), or think you may have been exposed to it, you are encouraged to be tested. You do not have to have symptoms to be tested.  All testing is done with a cheek swab test.

Upcoming COVID-19 Testing Sites

September 24th – 26th

Waco Multi-Purpose Facility at 1020 Elm Ave, Waco, TX, 76704

Walk-Up Site

No registration required

Time: 8am -4pm

October 2nd

Waco Fire Station #5 at 4515 Bagby Ave, Waco, TX 76711

Drive-Through Site

Registration required at:

Time: 8am – 5pm

October 8-10

First Baptist Church in Lorena at 307 Center St, Lorena, TX 76655

Drive-Through Site

Registration required at:

Time: 8am – 5pm

Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

Testing is available throughout McLennan County at the sites listed.  Please call first for a pre-screening and an appointment.   You do not have to be an established patient to receive a COVID-19 test.


Baylor Scott and White

You can set up a screening and appointment online or by phone. 1-888-427-9723

Ascension Providence

You can set up a screening and appointment online or by phone. 1-833-919-1680

The Family Health Center

You can set up a screening and appointment online or by phone. New patient hotline: 254-313-4610. Current patients: 254-313-4200.

Use this DSHS location finder

Type in your zip code for the testing site nearest you and information on how to contact the site.

Use the COVID-19 Waco website screening tool

If you suspect you have COVID-19 and have difficulty finding a testing site, you can use our self-assessment tool on Monday through Friday (Friday until noon). The screening and testing are free.  You will be asked to answer a few questions about your current health symptoms.  If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you will be contacted by staff from the Emergency Operations Center within 24 hours after completing the survey regarding setting up a COVID-19 test.

If you develop symptoms over a weekend, you should contact your healthcare provider, rather than using this tool. If you're requesting testing, you should quarantine yourself, and stay away from others.

What do I do while I wait on COVID-19 test results?

It can take a few days to receive the results of your COVID-19 test. Until you receive the results of your COVID-19 test, you should STAY HOME. If you do have COVID-19 you could be contagious, even if you do not have symptoms or your symptoms are mild. In order to STOP THE SPREAD, it is very important that you do not expose others. This means:

  • Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transportation or taxis – Stay home except to get medical care. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. In the event that you must leave your home for any reason, utilize a face mask at all times.
  • Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have been tested for COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.
  • If you test positive, you will be contacted by the facility that tested you, with further instructions.

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 9-1-1, notify the dispatch personnel that you have been tested for COVID-19. If possible, put on a face mask before the emergency medical services personnel arrive.