Special to The Dallas Examiner
Kroger Health, the health care division of The Kroger Co., recently announced plans to expand its drive-thru COVID-19 testing model. As part of the expansion, Kroger Health now offers free testing sites; one in Fort Worth began May 7, and one in Dallas began May 9 with plans to perform over 1,000 tests at each site weekly.
“COVID-19 testing is critical to public health and our economic recovery plans,” said Mayor Eric Johnson. “I am thrilled that Kroger has stepped up to provide more public testing, and I am particularly pleased that the company selected a site in South Dallas, which will be a boon to our historically underserved residents who are especially vulnerable to this pandemic.”
This onsite testing is supported with laboratory services provided by eTrueNorth, a contractor of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Kroger Health is providing professional services via its multidisciplinary team of pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians.
“Kroger’s been a tremendous partner in keeping us all fed and now is stepping up to provide much needed testing in Southern and Central Dallas in partnership with CitySquare, Dallas County and the City of Dallas,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “Testing is critical, not only to keep you safe and to keep the disease from spreading, but to have our best chance of successfully reopening the economy.”
Residents can register at https://www.krogerhealth.com/covidtesting.
People needing a test will use a virtual screening tool based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to see if they are eligible. Those who are eligible for the testing are based on CDC, state and local government recommendations.
Those eligible will next select a testing location and appointment time. Registrants will then receive an email confirmation with pre-appointment paperwork to complete. When a person arrives for their test, they should have their photo ID ready and should leave their window rolled up for check-in, until a health care practitioner comes to the car to provide the patient with the test.
The drive-thru testing locations will feature a self-administered nasal swab that must be ordered and observed by a provider. Kroger has determined that this testing methodology is beneficial as it increases the number of tests that can be provided while also conserving the amount of personal protective equipment that is utilized.
Dallas testing site:
CitySquare parking lot at 1610 Malcom X Blvd.
Testing Hours: Saturday and Monday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Fort Worth testing site:
J.P. Elder Middle School at 600 Park St.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Test results are expected within approximately 72 hours. Each testing sites is estimated to handle 250 tests per day each.
“We are thankful for the collaboration with the city of Dallas, Dallas County, city of Fort Worth, CitySquare, Fort Worth ISD, and many city departments who helped make this possible,” said Adam Wampler, president of Kroger Dallas Division. “We could not do this alone and we are confident, that together, we will get through this.”