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How to get swab or antibody coronavirus test in Dallas-Fort Worth

Self-swab tests are now available at community testing sites in Dallas; antibody tests are available at locations in North Texas

This story was updated June 2 with the latest information on getting tested.

Testing is expanding for those in the Dallas-Fort Worth area who have not shown symptoms, but still wish to be tested.

Testing has expanded for Tarrant County and city of Dallas residents who are not showing symptoms, but are essential workers. Details are listed further in this article.

There will be free tests at locations in Denton, McKinney, Carrollton, Arlington, Fort Worth and Dallas that are offered by respective cities. Details are listed further in this article.

What is an antibody test?

These tests, called serological tests, take a small amount of blood to test and see if a person has the antibodies to fight COVID-19; meaning they've already had the disease.

Up to 50% of people never have symptoms, so the antibody tests could reveal who’s best prepared to go back to work or to schools and be able to help in hospitals. It would also allow more people to know if they’re able to donate possible life-saving plasma.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, "the test detects the body’s immune response to the infection caused by the virus rather than detecting the virus itself." But so far, the FDA has only given emergency use authorization to one company, Cellex, for antibody testing.

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Blood is taken from a finger prick and is tested in 15 minutes. The test shows a line if the test is positive, much like a pregnancy test.

Antibody tests are typically cheaper and faster than nasal swab tests.

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Where can I get an antibody test done?

Total Primary Care is offering the in-office Cellex COVID-19 antibody tests, which is the only test approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for EUA use. The test delivers results in 15 minutes.

Dozens of manufacturers have informed the FDA of validated tests that are allowed through emergency use rules.

The FDA is allowing those tests to proceed, but only if test results include the following:

  • Notice that the test was not reviewed by the FDA
  • Notice that negative results do not rule out infection, especially in those who have been in contact with the virus
  • Notice that results should not be used as the only basis for diagnosis
  • Notice that positive results may be due to past or present infection with a different coronavirus strain

Total Primary Care announced on May 11 they are now offering FDA-approved antibody tests at Total Men's Primary Care locations in DFW.

Metroplex Medical Centres CEO Sneha Patel purchased antibody tests for medical centers in North Texas.

The $20 test will be available at Metroplex Medical Centre locations in Dallas-Fort Worth on certain days. Patients must pre-register on the website linked above. She says drive-thru sites can handle 400 antibody tests a day.

According to new guidance from federal officials, anyone with private health insurance or Medicare and Medicaid can have diagnostic testing and antibody testing covered at no cost. Patel says that only applies to patients with symptoms.

Cura, a telehealth provider, has set up two testing locations in Allen and Fort Worth, which are providing antibody tests or nasal swabs.

PM Pediatrics begins COVID-19 antibody testing at 4 Dallas-Fort Worth offices

PM Pediatrics, the nation's largest provider of pediatric urgent care, has started offering COVID-19 antibody testing for children and adults living in the same household, the healthcare provider announced this week.

The testing will be provided at 36 locations, including four in North Texas: McKinney, Flower Mound, The Colony and Richardson.

Tests are open to anyone in a single household with at least one child. PM Pediatrics is waiving a co-pay for the testing but individuals may be responsible for cost through their insurance provider. The test is $65 for people without insurance. Testing begins at noon (local time) at most offices.

Results are reported in approximately 2-3 days. All visits must be booked in advance via the PM Pediatrics Anywhere app.

What are self-swab testing kits and where can I find one?

The self-swab process allows the patient to swab shallowly in their nose, rather than the traditional deep nasal cavity swab that is performed by a healthcare worker.

Self-swab tests are being offered at Walgreens locations in Dallas and Fort Worth; more information is provided later in this article.

At community testing sites in Dallas, people can get tested using the self-swab testing kit a site at the Ellis Field House.

People who want to be tested at the community sites don't have to be Dallas County residents.

If you are either a first responder, DART employee, healthcare worker, grocery store worker, or essential retail store worker, then you can be tested at the community site.

If you are not considered a worker listed above, then criteria for being tested is one of the following:

  • Must have a temperature of 99.6 or higher and shortness of breath, or cough, or
  • Anyone 65 or older or
  • Anyone with chronic health issues (diabetes, asthma, heart issues, etc.)

The self-swab testing method is less invasive and safer for both patients and healthcare providers, said Randall Payton, incident commander of the community-based testing sites in Dallas.

The testing site at American Airlines Center will continue using nasopharyngeal swabs. Both locations are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

Go here for more information on getting tested in Dallas County.

Tarrant County residents without symptoms can be tested for free

The city of Fort Worth and its partners are expanding testing criteria to include people who aren’t showing symptoms. 

Tarrant County residents can receive the free test if they are either: over 65 years old, essential workers (including healthcare workers, retail workers, and grocery store workers, have an underlying condition or anyone who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Appointments can be made online or by phone at 817-248-6299.

CVS adds 42 self-swab test sites in Tarrant County

CVS Health added 42 new COVID-19 test sites at seven drive-thru locations in Tarrant County. These sites use self-swab tests and are available to people who meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to age guidelines.

New testing sites in Tarrant County:

  • 6431 McCart Ave., Fort Worth.
  • 5401 Alta Mere Drive, Fort Worth.
  • 2706 Jacksboro Hwy., Fort Worth.
  • 4333 Western Center Blvd., Fort Worth.
  • 700 W. Seminary Drive, Fort Worth.
  • 9620 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth.
  • 815 E. Abrams St., Arlington.

Those sites join these that began operating in May:

  • CVS Pharmacy, 825 S. Crowley Road, Crowley.
  • CVS Pharmacy, 3614 Camp Bowie, Blvd. Fort Worth.
  • CVS Pharmacy, 4203 S. Carrier Parkway, Grand Prairie.
  • CVS Pharmacy, 3701 Ira E. Woods Ave., Grapevine.
  • CVS Pharmacy, 801 N. Tarrant Parkway, Keller.
  • CVS Pharmacy, 2200 Matlock Road, Mansfield.
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1301 N. Saginaw, Saginaw.

Patients must register in advance to schedule an appointment.

Patients must stay in their cars and will be directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window, where they will be provided with a test kit and instructions. Tests will be sent to an independent third-party lab for processing.

View details on the CVS website.

Grand Prairie offers free testing for COVID-19

The city of Grand Prairie is offering free drive-thru testing for Grand Prairie residents and people who work in Grand Prairie.

Testing is on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Veterans Park Event Center Parking Lot at 925 Conover Drive.

No walk ups are allowed and no drive-ups are allowed without an appointment.

People who wish to be tested must bring proof that you live in Grand Prairie in the form of a photo ID, passport, utility bill or similar document.

Testing is available if you are any of the following:

Healthcare facility workers

First responders

City employees

Any Grand Prairie resident

Any employee of a Grand Prairie business (please provide proof of employment) Without Symptoms:

First responders

Healthcare facility workers

Anyone 65 years or older

Anyone with a chronic health issue (diabetes, asthma, heart issues, etc) Grocery store employees Essential retail store workers City employees Appointments

To make an appointment, call or text 1-888-766-6653 Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Self-swab tests offered at CVS drive-thru window

Gov. Greg Abbott announced on May 21 that CVS Health will open 44 new COVID-19 self-swab test sites in locations across the state.

People who wish to be tested must meet Center for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to age guidelines.

Patients must register in advance at CVS.com beginning Friday, May 22 to schedule an appointment.

"Texas continues to rapidly ramp up COVID-19 testing in our communities, and these new drive-thru testing sites provided by CVS Health will further expand access to these tests throughout the state," Abbott said in a statement, in part.

Patients will be required to stay in their cars and directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions. A CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self swab process to ensure it is done properly. Tests will be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing and the results will be available in approximately three days.

  • CVS Pharmacy, 4100 State Highway 121, Carrollton, TX 75010
  • CVS Pharmacy, 825 South Crowley Road, Crowley, TX 76036
  • CVS Pharmacy, 3133 East Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204
  • CVS Pharmacy, 3614 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth, TX 76107
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5401 Lebanon Road, Frisco, TX 75034
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5702 Lavon Drive, Garland, TX 75040
  • CVS Pharmacy, 4203 South Carrier Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
  • CVS Pharmacy, 3701 Ira E. Woods Avenue, Grapevine, TX 76092
  • CVS Pharmacy, 801 North Tarrant Parkway, Keller, TX 76248
    • CVS Pharmacy, 2200 Matlock Road, Mansfield, TX 76063
    • CVS Pharmacy, 1413 Oates Drive, Mesquite, TX 75043
    • CVS Pharmacy, 8995 Stacy Road, McKinney, TX 75070
    • CVS Pharmacy, 2100 Eldorado Parkway, McKinney, TX 75070
    • CVS Pharmacy, 2101 West Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75023
    • CVS Pharmacy, 605 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080
    • CVS Pharmacy, 1301 North Saginaw, Saginaw, TX 76179

Self-swab drive-thru testing sites to open at 2 Kroger locations

Kroger announced May 13 that they will open two free COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites in Dallas and Fort Worth. People who wish to be tested will be offered a self-swab test.

The grocery store chain is planning to perform over 1,000 per week at the two locations. Residents can register for testing and make an appointment at https://www.krogerhealth.com/covidtesting. People who need a test will use a virtual screening tool based on the Center for Disease Control guidelines to see if they are eligible for testing.

Testing in Fort Worth will begin 8:30 a.m. May 7 at the site at J.P Elder Middle School, 600 Park St., Fort Worth.

Testing will begin at the Dallas location starting at 8:30 a.m. May 9 at the CitySquare parking lot at 1610 Malcolm X Boulevard, Dallas.

 The onsite testing is supported by laboratory services from eTrueNorth.

Dallas residents with mobility issues can get tested at-home

Dallas residents who lack transportation or have mobility issues will now have better access to COVID-19 tests after the Dallas City Council unanimously approved a one-year service agreement last week for in-home testing.

The $660,000 agreement for in-home testing will be available for residents who have mobility issues, said Rocky Vaz, director of the City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management. The testing service team will directly come to those residents' homes.

Up to 60 antigen swab tests per day will be available for residents who have symptoms of a temperature of 99.6 or higher, cough or shortness of breath, or have had contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, Vaz said.

  • To be eligible, you must:
  • Not have transportation or means to get to a testing site
  • Have at least one of the following symptoms: temperature of 99.6 or higher, cough, shortness of breath, recent direct contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19

If you wish to be tested, call 1-888-601-0568 for additional information and to set up an appointment.

Walmart opens 4 additional testing sites

Beginning Friday, May 15, Walmart will open four additional COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites in Walmart parking lots in Dallas County:

  • 15757 Coit Road, Dallas, TX 75248
  • 951 W. Belt Line Road, DeSoto, TX 75115
  • 5302 N Garland Ave., Garland, TX 75040
  • 2501 Lakeview Parkway., Rowlett, TX 75088

Nasal swab test site in Denton every Tuesday

Residents in Denton County have opportunities for testing on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the University of North Texas - Union Circle Parking Garage at 350 S. Welch Street, Denton, TX 76201. Those who want to be tested should enter Parking Garage from Union Circle.

Testing will begin at 8 a.m., the county health department said. 

Denton County community members of all ages who meet eligibility criteria and are pre-registered can be tested. Those who are not pre-registered will not receive testing. 

This is a drive-thru testing center. Individuals who pre-register and present for testing outside of a vehicle are also welcome. The testing center is accessible by DCTA Bus Stop: Welch at Chestnut.

If you use the drive-thru, please do not exit your vehicle.

At the testing station, a DCPH team member will perform the COVID-19 test by swabbing deep in your nose. The swab will take approximately 20 seconds to complete, and it may be uncomfortable.

Your swab will be packaged and sent to the lab.

Parkland offers tests at multiple locations

Parkland Health and Hospital System is offering drive-thru testing for their patients at the parking lot of Parkland Memorial Hospital at 4811 Harry Hines Blvd. in Dallas. Testing is also available at their multiple community-based clinics.

Testing at the locations is by appointment only for current Parkland patients who meet medically necessary criteria with a Parkland doctor's order.

Patients can call the COVID-19 patient line at 214-590-8060, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Testing for non-Parkland patients is available at 9191 S. Polk Street (Ellis Davis Field House) and 2500 Victory Plaza (American Airlines Center), daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until maximum number of tests is reached. 

Clinic locations:

  • Hatcher Station Health Center, 4600 Scyene Road, Dallas, TX 75210 
  • Garland Health Center, 802 Hopkins Street, Garland, TX 75040 
  • deHaro-Saldivar Health Center, 1400 N. Westmoreland Road, Dallas, TX 75211 
  • Bluitt-Flowers Health Center, 303 E. Overton Road, Dallas, TX 75216 
  • Irving Health Center, 1800 N. Britain Road, Irving, TX 75061 
  • Southeast Dallas Health Center, 9202 Elam Road, Dallas, TX 75217 
  • E. Carlyle Smith, Jr. Health Center, 801 Conover Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75051

Carrollton updates hours at drive-thru test site

The city of Carrollton is offering free testing at drive-thru testing location at WMS Distribution Center parking lot at 1025 W. Trinity Mills road. Starting on May 12, hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Testing will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To determine eligibility and to schedule an appointment, individuals must sign up at DoINeedaCOVID19test.com.

Drive-thru testing site open for first half of week in McKinney

In McKinney, residents can get tested for the disease on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Walmart.

The testing will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. in a Walmart parking lot located at 1721 N. Custer Road. 

Those wishing to get tested will need to sign up for an appointment through eTrueNorth at doineedacovid19test.com. When visiting the testing site, bring an appointment confirmation and photo ID. 

There will be no out-of-pocket cost to those wishing to get tested.

Walgreens opens free drive-thru testing sites in Dallas-Fort Worth

Walgreens is operating free drive-thru testing locations in Dallas and Fort Worth.

Walgreens pharmacists will oversee a patients' self-swab test, which is the Abbott IDNOW COVID-19 test, the company said in a statement. People who wish to be tested must meet criteria, complete an online assessment and reserve an appointment online, which are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. 

Dallas: Walgreens opened a testing site at the Walgreens at 2060 S. Buckner Blvd.

Fort Worth: Testing has begun at the Walgreens at 8600 Camp Bowie West Blvd.

City of Arlington offers free nasal swab tests for Tarrant County residents

The city of Arlington opened a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site for Tarrant County residents who meet criteria, the city said in a statement. The free nasal swab tests are conducted by a local, private lab, the city said.

Residents ages 18 and older can get tested if they are exhibiting symptoms. The city says you should consider getting tested if you have a fever over 99.6, cough or shortness of breath and if you: have chronic health conditions, or are over age 65 or you are employed as a healthcare or essential worker.

Tests are appointment-only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents who want to be tested must pre-register with the city by phone at 817-459-6029 or through the city's coronavirus website to reserve a time slot. The location of the test site will be given to the resident once the appointment time is confirmed.

Residents must show a valid photo ID with proof of residency at the test site.

Free testings site for Fort Worth residents

The city of Fort Worth has opened free community COVID-19 testing sites for people who meet the criteria. These sites are through partnerships with the Tarrant County Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Community testing sites provide a free testing option for individuals that meet prescreening requirements. The drive-thru testing requires an online appointment. Individuals must meet qualifications:

  • Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Resides within Tarrant County
  • Has vehicle access
  • Health insurance is not required

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites
View options below for private companies that offer free COVID-19 tests.
You must be screened and schedule an appointment online.
Testing centers that are free.

Free Community-Based Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Sites
Click below for free COVID-19 drive-through tests (drive-through only.)
You must be screened and schedule an appointment online.
Click here for more information.

Additional testing options are available in Tarrant County.

Fee-for-Service COVID-19 Testing Sites
View options below for private fee-for-service testing sites.
Fee-based testing centers

Go here for more information from the Tarrant County health department.

Testing for first responders and Trinity Metro workers

A drive-thru testing site has been set up by in Fort Worth for first responders and Trinity Metro transportation workers. The tests being done at this location are the traditional, deep nasal cavity swab tests.

Trinity Metro bus operators, railcar engineers and conductors can now join first responders in getting tested for COVID-19 at an off-campus test site operated by The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC).

First responders include police, fire, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and constables, the university said.

“Our first responders are on the front lines of this health crisis, working tirelessly to protect all of us from this deadly pandemic,” HSC President Michael R. Williams said in a statement. “This new testing site will help protect our first responders and keep those who are healthy out in the community providing their valuable services. We are proud to support these heroes.”

Currently, a first responder who may have been exposed to the coronavirus, but is not experiencing symptoms, is required to go into a 14-day observation period, the university said. But by testing those individuals in self-observation about 72 hours after their potential exposure, those who test negative could be back at work much sooner.

To begin an initial screening and start the testing process, first responders, healthcare workers and essential mass transit employees in Tarrant County can call the test site hotline at 817-714-9709. Staff will conduct an environmental and clinical assessment to determine if COVID testing is warranted. If so, the responder will be contacted by HSC within 24 to 48 hours to schedule the test.

If you are not a first responder, go here to learn where you can get tested in Fort Worth.

State creates interactive map to show testing sites near you

The Texas Department of State Health Services has created a map where Texas residents can find testing sites, including drive-thru sites and walk-in locations.

Users can click on the icons on the map to see what testing requirements are in place, the testing location hours and what type of test is done at the site.

Go here for more information from the Texas Department of State Health Services about getting tested.

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