CVS – Free COVID-19 testing harder to find in McLennan County | Local News
Over the counter at-home rapid antigen tests cost as little as $20 to $30, though travel by air or cruise ship often requires results form a more reliable type of test.
COVID-19 tests, too, have changed. Results are often available within minutes rather than days, depending on the setup.
Craine said regardless of test methodology, the advice for anyone who tests positive remains the same: Self-isolate for 10 days, limit contact with family members or others and monitor symptoms. If symptoms worsen, call a doctor.
The Texas Department of State Health Services maintains a searchable list of COVID-19 test providers, but a check of that website showed much of the information for Waco and McLennan County had not been updated since March.
Here is a sampling of major test providers in the Waco area.
Ascension Providence — An order from a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant from the Ascension Providence network is required for testing with no walk-up testing. Medical insurance covers most testing costs. Without insurance, a test may cost $125.
Baylor Scott & White — All primary care clinics offer COVID-19 testing with no doctor’s referral required. Clients are asked to call in advance. Medical insurance covers most testing costs. Without insurance, a test may cost $90.