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Symptoms of COVID-19? Here’s How to Get Tested in Texas


July 27, 2020 Posted in: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Because the situation surrounding COVID-19 is constantly evolving, some information may not be up to date. Stay informed by visiting the CDC website.

If you suspect that you have COVID-19, we recommend that you call your primary care physician to explain your symptoms and find a location to go for testing. If you are having difficulty breathing or other life-threatening symptoms, please call 911 or visit a local emergency room, but call ahead to let them know to take precautions.

COVID-19 Testing in the Brazos Valley

Aside from your St. Joseph Health primary care physician, there are other options for COVID-19 testing. The Texas Department of State Health Services offers a map tool to help you find your nearest testing site. Many of these locations require you to call ahead and register and assign a timeframe for you to arrive, so follow all instructions on the website before visiting the designated location.

Preparing for Testing

Remember that there might be long lines at these testing sites, and you may not have access to a bathroom. Consider bringing the following things with you:

  • Water (not too much, as restroom facilities may be limited)
  • Snacks
  • Fully charged cell phone and chargerFully charged cell phone and charger
  • Book or any other activities to help you pass the time.

To stay up-to-date on COVID-19 news, you can always refer to our St. Joseph Health Information Hub. You can also follow the Brazos County Community Emergency Operations Center or the Brazos County Health District on social media. While neither of these government organizations provides testing themselves, they are a good resource for local information about the pandemic’s impact in our area.

As always, we are with you in health. If you believe you have any symptoms of COVID-19, reach out to your St. Joseph Health primary care physician today.

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