According to a press release that can be found in it's entirety on the website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in an effort to make Covid tests free for millions of americans, the Biden-Harris Administration are requiring insurers and group health plans to provide these tests for free starting January 15th, 2022 (this Saturday). From what I've read what will happen is that the government will require insurance companies and group health plans to cover the cost of over the counter, at home Covid-19 testing kits and people with private health coverage can get them for free. So regardless of how you are insured, privately or under a group plan ect...you will be able to access the at home tests at no cost.  I'm not 100% sure but I think it's up to eight tests per person per month that can be obtained at no cost.  You can read the full press releases here.

I realize that you could currently be in a situation where you need to know right now and waiting until Saturday just to save some money on a test isn't an option so I've listed the information put out by Newswest9 regarding local testing locations below.

You can also find local information regarding current Covid numbers and other information on the midlandtexas.gov website.

Midland

  • MMH F. Marie Hall Outpatient Center- 4214 Andrews Hwy. Appointment necessary, call 68NURSE or 432-221-2818 to schedule.
  • Complete Care Midland- 1701 N. Loop 250 W. Midland, TX 79707
    - Phone: 432-522-5033. Walk-in basis.
  • CVS Pharmacies- Appointment necessary, click here to schedule.
    - 301 Andrews Hwy.
    - 3200 N Big Spring St.
    - 4401 Andrews Hwy.
    - 5315 Briarwood Ave.
  • Our Family Urgent Care- 2304 W Michigan Ave. Phone: 432-695-6932.
  • Permian Basin Drug & Alcohol Testing- 606 Kent St. No appointment necessary. Phone: 432-203-3212.
  • Vital Care Urgent Care- Appointment not required, but appointments are available. Click here to schedule.
    - 407 Kent St., Phone: 432-687-2273.
    - 4400 N Midland Dr. Suite 406A., Phone: 432-897-0298.
  • Walgreens Pharmacies- Appointment necessary, click here to schedule.
    - 215 Andrews Hwy.
    - 3201 N Big Spring St.
    - 3221 W Wadley Ave.
    - 4313 Andrews Hwy.
  • WesTex Urgent Care- Appointment Required. Click here to schedule.
    - 3401 Greenbriar Dr. Suite 200. Phone: 432-218-5531.
    - 210 W Longview Ave. Suite A. Phone: 432-218-2933.

New testing site in Odessa January 13th

The drive-thru testing location will be at the UTPB community sports fields parking lot located at 191 and Loop 338. The entrance will be on the 191 access road (42nd street) and the exit will be on Loop 338. Please follow all staff member directions at the site for a safe and efficient process. No appointment is needed however registration can be done at DOCSHealthTesting.com or you can register by texting DOCSTX to 41411.

For more information on Midland sites, you can click or tap here.

Odessa

  • MCHCall ahead at the numbers below:
    - Urgent Care 3001 John Ben Shepperd Pkwy, Phone: 432-640-6700.
    - Urgent Care 6030 W University Blvd, Phone: 432-640-6600.
    - Regional Lab (Antibody testing only) 315 N. Golder Ave., Phone: 432-640-3900.
    - NOTE: The MCH emergency department will no longer test for COVID unless you are being hospitalized. Anyone seeking tests is asked to go to one of the clinics or another location.
  • City of Odessa Incident Command/Curative- Corner of 2nd St. and Grant Ave., south of Odessa Police Department. Appointment necessary, to make an appointment, click here.
  • Community Wellness America- Free testing, no appointment or proof of citizenship necessary. Phone: 432-349-0522.
    - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church - 7601 Grandview Ave. Mondays, Jan. 10, 17, 24 & 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    - Ector County Health Department parking lot (Drive-thru)- 221 N Texas Ave. Fridays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    - Connection Christian Church - 4241 Tanglewood Ln. Sundays, Jan. 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Complete Care Eastridge- 7101 Eastridge Road Odessa, TX 79765
    - Phone: 432-550-0048. Walk-in basis.
  • Complete Care West Loop- 3001 W. University Odessa, TX 79764
    - Phone: 432-580-5966. Walk-in basis.
  • Complete Care North- 980 E. 87th St. Suite D Odessa, TX 79765
    - Phone: 432-366-0770. Walk-in basis.
  • CVS Pharmacies- Appointment necessary, click here to schedule.
    - 4101 E 42nd St.
    - 1230 E 8th St.
    - 100 E University Blvd.
    - 3909 E 42nd St.
    - 3050 W University Blvd.
  • ORMC Community Health Center- 520 East Sixth St. Odessa, TX. Corner of 5th, between Muskingum and Tom Green.- Walk-in basis, just pull into the circle drive and call 432-582-8976. Please remain in your vehicle. For more information on hours of operation, click here.
  • Permian Basin Drug & Alcohol Testing- 1560 W I-20 N. No appointment necessary. Phone: 432-332-5700.
  • Vital Care Urgent Care- 3952 E. 42nd St. Suite Z.
    - Appointment not required, but appointments are available. Click here to schedule. Phone: 432-614-5513.
  • Walgreens Pharmacies- Appointment necessary, click here to schedule.
    - 2161 E 42nd St.
    - 1707 W 8th St.
    - 1305 W University Blvd.
    - 801 Maple Ave.
  • WesTex Urgent Care- Appointment Required. Click here to schedule.
    - 1941 E 37th St. Phone: 432-203-2079.