A mega coronavirus testing site remains open in Kingwood this week as Houston area leaders try to keep hospitalizations, new cases and deaths trending in the right direction.

Offered by the Houston Health Department through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the State of Texas, the high-volume capacity test site will continue to be offered at the Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Drive.

This location is one of many testing sites across the greater Houston area where individuals can access a free COVID-19 test, but has a larger testing capacity per day than other sites, reaching 1,250 tests. The site will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 31 through Sept. 5 and appointments are not required but advanced registration is recommended at www.doineedacovid19test.com according to the news release from the Houston Health Department.

Officials hope the testing center keeps overarching trends in the Greater Houston area headed in the right direction. There were only 100 new coronavirus-related hospitalizations at the Texas Medical Center on Aug. 30, which is a decline from the peak on July 5, when 460 new COVID-19 patients were admitted.

According to data from Harris County Public Health, the Lake Houston area has reached 4,572 confirmed cases and 80 deaths as of Aug. 31. The statewide total has reached 630,493 cases and 12,740 deaths by 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 according to the Houston Chronicle data team.

Symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the press release, information that is found through testing, treatment or services of individuals who have immigrated to the U.S. will not be used against them in their public charge evaluation. For more information on free COVID-19 testing sites in Houston, follow this link to the bilingual Houston Health Department flyer.

savannah.mehrtens@chron.com