UTMB COVID-19 Testing

The City of Galveston has received funds from the United States Government in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant-CV allocation to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19).  This allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, to respond to the growing effects of this historic public health crisis.

The City is coordinating with the University of Texas Medical (UTMB) Branch at Galveston for COVID-19 testing and retesting (as needed) for the low-moderate income Galveston City service, retail, or hospitality workers.  This sector of the Galveston workforce is a primary target for the spread of the disease due to their constant interaction with the local population and the large amount of visiting general public.

The City’s Grants & Housing Department (G&H) will process the applications for this assistance and set-up the UTMB appointment for testing. Applicants must work at a Galveston City service, retail, or hospitality business.  Applicants that do not have insurance and make $44,150 or less are eligible for assistance.

UTMB will conduct all testing at their Galveston facility and provide the results to the applicant.  Applicants must go through the Grants & Housing Department to register for the testing.

Applicants can call G&H at (409) 797-3820 to make an application and schedule an appointment.  The application form is located below. The form can be downloaded and completed.  Please email completed forms to Grants@GalvestonTX.Gov.   The G&H will contact the applicant to complete the application process.

Service, retail, or hospitality business management can contact G&H at (409) 797-3820 to make arrangements to register their low-moderate income employees for testing.

The G&H office is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Applicants will be accepted on a first come-first serve basis.

Testing will take approximately 5 minutes, with results expected within 48 hours.

Testing will be conducted for the initial test, and as needed for retesting when symptoms arise or when contact has been verified.

Click here for CDBG-COVID-19 Application Form

​PLEASE NOTE:  If testing is covered by your insurance, you are NOT qualified for this program.