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COVID-19 Testing Still Free With Proof Of Insurance At Curative Kiosk!

Plus Earn $5 A Week In GatorCash

According to Dr. Peter Hotez, infectious disease expert, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital, the BA.5 variant may be the most highly transmissible virus agent yet. In an interview with the Houston Chronicle on July 13, Hotez said even if you’re fully vaccinated, you’re at risk of infection. 

That's why testing is more important than ever—and it’s still free on campus! The Curative testing kiosk near UHD’s Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center is open seven days a week (except holidays) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Proof of insurance is required to schedule an appointment online or to register onsite at the campus Curative kiosk. 

Once you arrive for your test, your insurance card and a photo ID are both required to check in. UHD students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public must sign up for appointments through the UHD Curative portal using this link: public testing.

Don’t forget! You can still get paid to get tested through the GatorCash incentive. Earn $5 a week in GatorCash just for getting the free test at the Curative kiosk. For more details, visit Emergency Management’s COVID-19 website.

If you don’t have insurance and want to get tested, or if you’re seeking a free vaccine, Houston Health Department (HHD)-operated sites continue to provide free COVID-19 testing and vaccinations and don’t require insurance. HHD-operated sites are located across the city and can be found at HoustonHealth.org or by calling 832-393-4220. You can follow HHD on Facebook or Twitter and get regular updates on all things COVID-19.


The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.