Keeping our patients and our care professionals healthy and safe

Coronavirus Testing

Due to the limited number of COVID-19 tests available to all health care organizations, UT Health Austin COVID-19 (coronavirus) drive-through testing focuses on symptomatic healthcare personnel, patients who are known contacts of people who tested positive for COVID-19 through a test performed by UT Health Austin, and high-risk individuals who are referred to us by Austin Public Health and our partners in the Ascension/Seton system.

If you have symptoms, including if you feel feverish or have a measured temperature greater than 99.6°F OR, if you have a cough, shortness of breath, or a sore throat, it’s important for you to be screened for testing.

If you have symptoms that are worsening, including shortness of breath at rest, chest pain, persistently high fever despite fever-lowering medicine, confusion, lightheadedness, or the inability to eat or drink, call your doctor or go to the emergency room. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, call 9-1-1 or go to an Emergency Room.

Before Your Next UT Health Austin visit

We all have an important part to play in helping minimize the impact of COVID-19 in our community, please be aware of the following enhanced safety precautions that will be in place during your next UT Health Austin visit:

  • If you have a fever above 99.6, sore throat, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, cough, fatigue or have come in close contact with a person diagnosed with or suspected to have COVID-19, prior to your appointment, please call 1-833-UT-CARES (1-833-882-2737) and notify our staff.

  • If you are a patient who requires a caregiver to accompany you to your appointment due to a physical disability, we ask that you bring only one person with you to your visit. Also, we ask that minor patients be accompanied by one adult.

  • Everyone entering the Health Transformation Building (1601 Trinity Street Austin, TX) will undergo an infrared temperature screening and brief verbal screening, which may cause minor delays, so please give yourself some extra time prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • A face mask, which covers your nose and mouth, is required to enter the building. If you do not have a face mask, one will be given to you before entering the clinic. Our providers and staff will also be masked for your protection.

At UT Health Austin, we are committed to the health and safety of every patient. We recommend that you remain informed by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, remember to wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face, and keep a safe distance between yourself and others when possible until this rapidly evolving situation is better understood.