Surge Testing for COVID-19

Governor Greg Abbott has announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is partnering with the State of Texas and local officials to offer temporary COVID-19 surge testing in McLennan County.

Waco, Texas, is the first community to offer saliva testing for COVID-19 through the federal Community-Based Testing Site (CBTS) program starting October 16. The CBTS program provides COVID-19 “surge testing sites” for a limited period in areas where there has been a recent and significant increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in partnership with local communities and private companies.

"Saliva tests are easy to perform, and many people may find them more comfortable than nasal swab tests," said ADM Brett Giroir, M.D., HHS assistant secretary for health. "Our goal is to build our nation's capacity for reliable, accurate and timely testing so that every American who needs a COVID-19 test -- including those who do not have symptoms -- can get one. Offering different types of tests helps us meet this goal."

HHS has allocated 40,000 COVID-19 tests for this effort.  Testing dates and sites are listed below and have been established through a partnership with HHS Assistant Secretary for Health ADM Brett P. Giroir, MD, the State of Texas, McLennan County, the City of Waco, Baylor University, the Waco Convention Center, Waco ISD, McLennan Community College, and the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


Pre-registration is required.  You will receive a voucher after you register. 

Please bring a printed copy of the voucher to the testing site, or bring the phone you signed up with. The registration personnel will need your voucher number from your confirmation email.

 If you do not have access to a printer, you can complete the form or print it out at any of the four Waco libraries or three Community Centers locations at no charge.

Transportation Assistance from Waco Transit: Waco Transit will be providing free transit rides to anyone going to or from a COVID-19 testing site for testing. Simply call 254-750-1620 to inquire or schedule a ride.

 


Free testing locations will not be available Thursday, November 26-Sunday, November 29. See the information near the bottom of this page for a list of medical facilities offering screening over the holiday weekend. Please call first for pre-screening and an appointment. You do not have to be an established patient to receive a COVID-19 test.


Monday, November 30

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

West Holiday Inn Express and Suites
114 Melodie Dr, West, TX
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Walk-up Clinic
Click here to register for saliva test

McLennan Community College
4601 N 19th St (Parking Lot N)
Hours: 9 am-6 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Click here to register for cheek swab test
As of 6pm Sunday, November 30, the online registration system, provided by Curative, was experiencing difficulties. If you are not able to pre-register for the McLennan Community College drive-through clinic, you can still register onsite.


Tuesday, December 1

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

McLennan Community College
4601 N 19th St (Parking Lot N)
Hours: 9 am-6 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Click here to register for cheek swab test
As of 6pm Sunday, November 30, the online registration system, provided by Curative, was experiencing difficulties. If you are not able to pre-register for the McLennan Community College drive-through clinic, you can still register onsite.

La Vega ISD Willie Williams Stadium
555 N TX-340 Loop, Waco, TX 76705
Hours: 8 am–5 pm
Walk-Up Clinic
Click here to register for saliva test


Wednesday, December 2

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

McLennan Community College
4601 N 19th St (Parking Lot N)
Hours: 9 am-6 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Click here to register for cheek swab test

La Vega ISD Willie Williams Stadium
555 N TX-340 Loop, Waco, TX 76705
Hours: 8 am–5 pm
Walk-Up Clinic
Click here to register for saliva test


Thursday, December 3

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

McLennan Community College
4601 N 19th St (Parking Lot N)
Hours: 9 am-6 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Click here to register for cheek swab test

La Vega ISD Willie Williams Stadium
555 N TX-340 Loop, Waco, TX 76705
Hours: 8 am–5 pm
Walk-Up Clinic
Click here to register for saliva test


Friday, December 4

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

McLennan Community College
4601 N 19th St (Parking Lot N)
Hours: 9 am-6 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Click here to register for cheek swab test

Waco-McLennan County Public Health District
225 W Waco Dr
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Walk-up Clinic
Click here to register for saliva test


Monday, December 7

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

Family of Faith Worship Center
4112 Memorial Dr
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Click here to register for cheek swab test

Mart Community Center
800 E Bowie St, Mart
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Walk-up Clinic
Click here to register for saliva test


Tuesday, December 8

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

Family of Faith Worship Center
4112 Memorial Dr
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Click here to register for cheek swab test

Mart Community Center
800 E Bowie St, Mart
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Walk-up Clinic
Click here to register for saliva test


Wednesday, December 9

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

Family of Faith Worship Center
4112 Memorial Dr
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Click here to register for cheek swab test

Heart O' Texas Speedway
784 N McLennan Dr, Elm Mott
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Walk-up Clinic
Click here to register for saliva test


Thursday, December 10

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

Family of Faith Worship Center
4112 Memorial Dr
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Click here to register for cheek swab test

McGregor Exchange Event Center (Parking Lot)
300 S Jefferson St, McGregor
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Walk-up Clinic
Tentative - Information will be updated when available.


Friday, December 11

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

Family of Faith Worship Center
4112 Memorial Dr
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Click here to register for cheek swab test

Richland Mall
Walk-up Clinic
Tentative - Information will be updated when available.


Monday, December 14

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

Antioch Church
505 N 20th St
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Click here to register for cheek swab test


Tuesday, December 15

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

Antioch Church
505 N 20th St
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Click here to register for cheek swab test


Wednesday, December 16

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

Antioch Church
505 N 20th St
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Click here to register for cheek swab test


Thursday, December 17

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

Antioch Church
505 N 20th St
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Click here to register for cheek swab test


Friday, December 18

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

Antioch Church
505 N 20th St
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Click here to register for cheek swab test

Richland Mall
Walk-up Clinic
Tentative - Information will be updated when available.


Monday, December 21

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

Antioch Church
505 N 20th St
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Click here to register for cheek swab test


Tuesday, December 22

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

Antioch Church
505 N 20th St
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Click here to register for cheek swab test


Wednesday, December 23

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or BRUSH YOUR TEETH FOR 1/2 HOUR PRIOR TO THE TEST.

Antioch Church
505 N 20th St
Hours: 8 am-5 pm
Drive-through Clinic
Click here to register for cheek swab test


Free testing locations will not be available Thursday, December 24-Sunday, December 27. See the information near the bottom of this page for a list of medical facilities offering screening over the holiday weekend. Please call first for pre-screening and an appointment. You do not have to be an established patient to receive a COVID-19 test.


*** ADDITIONAL DATES AND SITES WILL BE POSTED AS THEY COME AVAILABLE ***


Where else can I get a COVID-19 test?

Testing is available throughout McLennan County at the sites listed below.  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.