More COVID-19 testing available in Texarkana as cases rise


TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – Another location in Texarkana is offering free COVID-19 testing as the number of cases rises in the region and demand for testing rises with it.

Health officials the number of COVID-19 tests conducted weekly around the city has doubled since last week from 60 to 120.

Through the end of the year, free testing will be offered between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the Texarkana-Bowie County Family Health Center on 902 W. 12th St.

There are no requirements for testing (residency included), oral swab with results in 48-96 hours, and pre-registration available at 18 and older must have an ID to be tested. Children can be tested as long as their accompanied by an adult.

The testing facility will be closed on Friday, Oct. 30 due to an interruption in water service. It will reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

The latest local information and updates can all be found at The local hotline telephone number is (903) 255-5560.

Click here to for more information on how to get tested for COVID-19 in Texas.

TX DSHS recommends getting tested if you’ve been exposed or show COVID-19 symptoms.

“Instead of the nasal pharyngeal swab, we do an oral pharyngeal swab. So ideally, we go to the same area we would through the nose, but we just use your mouth instead,” said Zane Hanks, who is helping administer the tests at the health center.

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