Free COVID-19 Testing Encouraged
Texas A&M University continues to offer free testing this week at several convenient locations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week strongly recommended that everyone be tested before and after any travel or holiday gatherings. Our own experts are asking the Texas A&M community to do the same if you have had or will have guests traveling to visit for graduations, the holidays or other events.
The incubation period – the time from exposure until development of symptoms – is two to 14 days, according to studies, which also show that people who become infected can spread the virus to others two to three days before symptoms even start, with the most contagious time being one to two days before feeling sick, according to the CDC.
The general public also can get tested at the kiosks by scheduling through the public Curative scheduling site.
- Aggie Express Commons, southside residence halls, 676 Lubbock St.
- Mays Business School, West Campus, between Biochemistry/Biophysics and Wehner buildings
- Rudder Plaza, by the fountain
Monday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 11: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Starting Monday, Dec. 14 the Aggie Express Commons and Mays/BioBio Kiosk will move from campus to community locations. Only the kiosk at Rudder Plaza will remain operational at its current location throughout the holidays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
MOBILE TESTING VAN
White Creek Apartments, corner of Discovery Drive and University Drive
Monday, Dec 7: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
COMMUNITY TESTING LOCATIONS
Brian Bachmann Community Park, 1600 Rock Prairie Road, College Station
Tuesday, Dec 8: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec 9: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec 10: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
To register in advance, visit the following the scheduling website. This site will only allow a person to register 24 hours prior to a site’s official opening time.
A.P. BEUTEL HEALTH CENTER
This testing site on campus requires insurance.
Students, faculty and staff who provide insurance can receive a nasal swab to determine an active infection, as well as an antibody test to determine the likelihood of a previous infection. Schedule online.
The testing previously done in the A.P. Beutel parking lot is temporarily suspended.
For more information, please see A&M’s COVID-19 guidance page.
Brazos County, which has a 9.4 percent positivity rate, details COVID-19 cases by day on its dashboard here. As of Monday, 743 active cases were reported in the county, along with 96 deaths since the pandemic started in the spring.
The overall positivity rate for faculty, staff and students at the College Station campus is at 7.1 percent, according to Texas A&M officials. The dashboard for the university can be reviewed here.