Special to The Dallas Examiner
On May 15, Walmart opened four additional COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites in Walmart parking lots in Dallas County:
- 15757 Coit Road in Dallas
- 951 W. Belt Line Road in DeSoto
- 5302 N. Garland Ave. in Garland
- 2501 Lakeview Parkway in Rowlett
The sites will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., weather permitting. The sites are supported by Walmart, eTrueNorth and state and local officials to test anyone who meets CDC and state and local guidelines on who should be tested, including first responders, health care providers and others with symptoms of COVID-19 and those in high-risk groups without symptoms. Those interested in being tested need to visit http://www.doineedacovid19test.com to check eligibility and to make an appointment.
“Testing is critical so that we’re not flying blind as we do everything that we can to keep you safe during a time when our economy is reopening,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
For questions regarding testing, call 800-635-8611. Those being tested will need to wear a mask or cloth covering and stay in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, ID check and self-administered test.
“Walmart is part of the community, and we are proud to help support the expansion of COVID-19 testing in Dallas during this unprecedented time,” said Laurie Smalling Letts, Walmart public affairs director for Texas. “We are grateful to our associates who keep our stores running, our pharmacists who support these testing sites, and to eTrueNorth and local officials as we work together to open the site and help our community.”
The site will use a self-administered nasal swab test that will allow those being tested to swab their own nose onsite while in their vehicles, observed by a trained medical volunteer to ensure the sample is taken correctly, and then dropped in the sealed sample into a container on their way out of the drive-through site.
The testing sites are staffed by Walmart health care professionals; however testing is not available inside the stores. Health care technology company, eTrueNorth will handle processing test samples and communicating results to those tested and applicable Departments of Health. Individuals who are tested must follow CDC guidelines and take steps to help prevent the virus from spreading to other people in the home and community, while awaiting results.
For the safety of all those on-site, the test site is not available to those who walk up. Those without transportation should call the UrgentCare2GO screening line, 1-888-601-0568, to access the city’s COVID-19 Mobile Testing unit.
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City of Dallas expands access to mobile COVID-19 testing
Mobile COVID-19 testing has been expanded to allow up to 60 tests per day across all ZIP codes within the city of Dallas.
To be eligible for COVID-19 Mobile Testing, residents must:
- Not have transportation
- Not have means to get to a testing site.
Additionally, residents must have at least one of the four symptoms listed below:
- Temperature of 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- Shortness of breath
- Recent direct contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19
Residents undergoing mobile testing should understand this service provides COVID-19 testing only, is not for medical or life-threatening emergencies and is no substitute for a traditional visit to a physician.
The COVID-19 mobile testing appointments can be scheduled weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., through the UrgentCare2GO screening line by calling 1-888-601-0568. Appointments will be scheduled at no cost to eligible residents during two-hour time slots with a maximum capacity of 60 appointments a day.