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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 Sept. 18 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.

CVS Health is adding 50 new free COVID-19 drive-thru test sites at locations across Texas, the company announced on Friday, Sept. 18.

Dallas County updated testing criteria in August to say that any resident 5 years or older will be allowed to be tested for COVID-19 without being required to exhibit any symptoms. On Aug. 31, a new testing site opened at Good Street Baptist Church.

The county also updated criteria for testing at sites to include all workers, including those who are essential critical infrastructure workers. That expands testing to school employees, construction employees and others. 

And in Arlington, appointments are no longer required at the city's free testing site, the city said last week.

There are two main types of tests: antigen, for people currently sick or infected, and antibody, for those who have recovered.

Testing capacity and options have expanded across North Texas over the past four months. Read on for details on the types of tests and where you can be tested.

State's interactive map shows testing sites near you

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

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

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

SEARCH: Find a swab or antibody testing site near you

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 likely 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.

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.

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 is offering FDA-approved antibody tests to people who are not sick at Total Men's Primary Care locations in D-FW.

Metroplex Medical Centres offer two types of antibody tests: the LabCorp Antibody Test and a Rapid Antibody Test.

The LabCorp test will be billed to insurance for those with coverage, is covered 100% for those with Medicare, and cost $150 for anyone who is uninsured.

The Rapid Antibody Test is $50 for the general public and $35 for first responders or health care providers.

To learn more and schedule and appointment, click here.

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 at most offices.

All visits must be booked in advance via the PM Pediatrics Anywhere app.

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What are self-swab testing kits?

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 health care worker.

Self-swab tests are being offered at a number of locations across North Texas, including Walgreens, CVS and community testing sites in Dallas.

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

CVS Health opens 50 new COVID-19 drive-thru test sites in Texas

CVS Health is opening 50 new COVID-19 sites on Friday to increase access to testing and help slow the spread of the virus.

The self-swab test is available for people 12 years old and older who meet the Center for Disease Control testing criteria. Results are usually available within two to three days, CVS said.

Patients must register in advance at CVS.com to schedule an appointment.

50 New CVS Pharmacy COVID-19 Testing Sites in Texas Opening Friday, Sept. 18, 2020

Atascosa County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 19244 McDonald Street, Lytle, TX 78052

Bexar County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 1836 Pat Booker Boulevard, Universal City, TX 78148
  • CVS Pharmacy, 10225 Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, TX 78230
  • CVS Pharmacy, 16580 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX 78248
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5975 Old Pearsall Road, San Antonio, TX 78245

Bowie County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 1901 Richmond Road, Texarkana, TX 75503

Brazos County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 1800 Rock Prairie Road, College Station, TX 77845

Cherokee County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 824 South Jackson Street, Jacksonville TX 75766

Collin County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 9075 Legacy Drive, Frisco, TX 75033
  • CVS Pharmacy, 750 E FM 544, Murphy, TX 75094
  • CVS Pharmacy, 10001 Custer Road, Plano, TX 75025

Dallas County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 5050 South Lancaster Road, Dallas, TX 75216
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1225 North Blue Grove Road, Lancaster, TX 75146
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1372 Beltline Road, Garland, TX 75044
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1902 Pleasant Valley Road, Garland, TX 75040
  • CVS Pharmacy, 3601 North Beltline Road, Sunnyvale, TX 75182
  • CVS Pharmacy, 3798 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75244
  • CVS Pharmacy, 10306 Ferguson Road, Dallas, TX 75228
  • CVS Pharmacy, 10003 Marsh Lane, Dallas, TX 75229
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1305 West Beltline Road, DeSoto, TX 75115

Deaf Smith County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 101 West Park Avenue, Hereford, TX 79045

Denton County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 1496 FM 407, Lewisville, TX 75067
  • CVS Pharmacy, 4205 N. Josey Lane, Carrollton, TX 75010

El Paso County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 745 North Zaragoza Road, El Paso, TX, 79907

Fort Bend County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 2102 Eldridge Road, Sugarland, TX 77478
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5757 New Territory Boulevard, New Territory, TX 77479

Harris County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 16155 Spring Cypress Road, Cypress, TX 77429
  • CVS Pharmacy, 8789 W FM 1960 BYP, Humble, TX 77338
  • CVS Pharmacy, 980 Clear Lake City Boulevard, Webster, TX 77598

Hays County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 13510 W. Highway 290, Austin, TX 78737

Hidalgo County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 2300 North Conway, Mission, TX 78572

Hockley County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 402 College Avenue, Levelland, TX 79336

Jefferson County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 3595 College Street, Beaumont, TX 77702-4615

Johnson County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 100 S.W. Wilshire Boulevard, Burleson, TX 76028

Lubbock County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 5805 82nd Street, Lubbock, TX 79424
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5208 98th Street, Lubbock, TX 79424
  • CVS Pharmacy, 3801 19th Street, Lubbock, TX 79423

Rockwall County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 1220 Horizon Road, Rockwall, TX 75032

Palo Pinto County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 102 FM 1821, Mineral Wells, TX 76067

Tarrant County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 2051 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine, TX 76051
  • CVS Pharmacy, 2105 West Northwest Highway, Grapevine, TX 76051-3008
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1100 Walnut Creek Drive, Mansfield, TX 76063
  • CVS Pharmacy, 2882 Highway 157 N, Mansfield, TX 76063
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5301 River Oaks Boulevard, River Oaks, TX 76114
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1901 S.E. Green Oaks Boulevard, Arlington, TX 76006-2600
  • CVS Pharmacy, 6320 Rufe Snow, North Richland Hills, TX 76180
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5012 Trail Lake Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76133
  • CVS Pharmacy, 2603 West Berry Street, Fort Worth, TX 76109

Travis County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 14057 Bee Cave Parkway, Bee Cave, TX 78737

Williamson County

  • CVS Pharmacy, 851 South Bell Boulevard, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Tarrant County provides online portal for self-screening, making appointments

Tarrant County has built a scheduling portal for residents who think they need to be tested for COVID-19.

Residents must complete a screening questionnaire to qualify for an appointment. Testing is free, available to anyone 5 years or older, and is drive thru.

People who are an essential worker, are over 65 or have chronic health conditions, as well as anyone with a fever of 100.4 or higher, a cough or shortness of breath should consider getting tested.

For those who make an appointment, they must bring a valid photo ID and proof of residency.

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

Free testing expanding for Fort Worth residents

Fort Worth and Tarrant County officials announced Sunday they will expand their COVID-19 saliva testing efforts with mobile locations throughout the area this week. 

To make an appointment, residents can sign up online here or call 817-248-6299.

The times and locations will be as follows:

Tuesday

  • 8 to 11 a.m.: Fort Worth ISD Scarborough-Handley Field parking lot at 6201 Craig St.
  • 2 to 5 p.m.: Como Community Center at 4660 Horne St.

Wednesday

  • 8 to 11 a.m.: City Northside Service Center at 309 Hillshire Drive
  • 2 to 5 p.m.: Tarrant County College-Northwest Campus at 4801 Marine Creek Pkwy

Thursday

  • 8 to 11 a.m.:  La Gran Plaza at 4200 South Fwy
  • 2 to 5 p.m.: Beth Eden Missionary Baptist Church at 3208 Wilbarger St.

Friday

  • 8 to 11 a.m.: Christ Church Assembly of God at 5301 Altamesa Blvd
  • 2 to 5 p.m.: Hillwood Commons I at 9800 Hillwood Pkwy.

The new sites will be in addition to the two previously established saliva testing sites at Dickies Arena and J.P. Elder Middle School. The site at Dickies is open from 8 a.m. to noon while the middle school site is open from 2 to 6 p.m.

All of the sites are free to the public, but insurance information is collected when possible, officials said.

Tests are available through online appointments at covidtesting.tarrantcounty.com. Residents can also call 817-248-6299 to schedule an appointment. Go here for more information.

Dallas County updates criteria for who can get tested at free testing sites

Beginning Saturday, Aug. 22, residents ages 5 and older will be allowed to be tested for COVID-19 without being required to exhibit any symptoms. 

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins made the announcement Friday morning on Twitter. The testing applies at locations drive-thru and walk-up sites hosted by Dallas Health and Parkland Hospital. 

Anyone younger than 18 years old is asked to go to the Ellis Davis Field House or the Dallas College Mountain View Campus. 

To view a full list, click here.

On Thursday, Aug. 13, Dallas County updated the criteria for getting tested. The county partnered with Parkland Hospital to provide a number of walk-up and drive-thru testing locations.

The testing is available to anyone, regardless of where they live, does not require an appointment and is free.

These drive-thru locations are open Monday through Saturday:

  • Ellis Davis Field House 9191 S. Polk St., Dallas, TX 75232
    Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. or until testing limit is reached.
  • Eastfield College 3737 Motley Dr. Mesquite, Texas 75150
    Hours: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. or until testing limit is reached.
  • Good Street Baptist Church: 3110 Bonnie View Road, Dallas, 75216
    Hours: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. or until testing limit is reached.

Walk-up locations:

  • Red Bird Mall / Westmoreland Park at 7222 S. Westmoreland Road, Dallas, TX 75237
    Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. or until testing limit is reached.
  • Sam Tasby Middle School at 7001 Fair Oaks Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231
    Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. or until testing limit is reached.
  • Salvation Army/Pleasant Grove Corps Community Center at 8341 Elam Road, Dallas, TX 75217 | Bus Stop ID 26970
    Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. or until testing limit is reached.

To qualify for this testing, you must have one of the following:

  • Persons with symptoms of potential COVID-19 infection, including: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, and/or sore throat; OR
  • Anyone 65-years-old or older; OR
  • Anyone with chronic health issues (diabetes, asthma, heart issues, etc.); OR
  • Any first responders, DART drivers, healthcare workers, and any employee who is considered an “Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker” by CISA; OR
  • Persons without symptoms who have been actively engaged in large group settings, such as public gatherings or congregations of people, within the past 15 days.

To be tested, you must live within the boundaries of the City of Dallas or Dallas County.

Anyone with severe symptoms, including trouble breathing, severe pain or chest pressure, dizziness, bluish lips or face, or shaking chills, should go to the ER and not wait for testing.

MORE: Learn more and complete screening questionnaire to book an appointment

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.

CVS offers self-swab test sites across North Texas

CVS Health has added more than 1,800 testing sites in 33 states, including dozens across North Texas. These sites use self-swab tests and are available to people who meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to age guidelines.

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.

Search for locations near you.

Walmart offers 13 drive-thru testing locations

Walmart has a number of testing sites in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The locations include:

  • 1213 E Trinity Mills Road, Carrollton, TX 75006
  • 15757 Coit Road, Dallas, TX 75248
  • 9410 Webb Chapel Road, Dallas, TX 75220
  • 951 W Belt Line Road, Desoto, TX 75115
  • 802 E U.S. Highway 80, Forney, TX 75126
  • 8520 N Beach Street, Fort Worth, TX 76244
  • 5302 N Garland Ave, Garland, TX 75040
  • 2650 S Highway 161, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
  • 1721 N Custer Road, McKinney, TX 75071
  • 915 N Town East Boulevard, Mesquite, TX 75150
  • 2501 Lakeview Parkway, Rowlett, TX 75088
  • 8015 Woodbridge Parkway, Sachse, TX 75048

They are offering self-swab tests at drive-thru locations, with a trained pharmacist watching to make sure the test is done correctly.

Appointments are required and there is no out-of-pocket cost for those being tested.

Find a location and make an appointment.

Self-swab drive-thru testing sites at Kroger locations

Kroger offers a number of drive-thru testing locations in North Texas. People who wish to be tested will be offered a self-swab test.

Those locations include:

  • City Square at 1610 S Malcolm X Boulevard in Dallas
  • Fort Worth Field Code Office at 4833 Village Creek Road in Fort Worth
  • Kroger Pharmacy at 4851 Legacy Drive in Frisco
  • Kroger Pharmacy at 1250 N Preston Road in Prosper
  • Kroger Pharmacy at 1631 SW Wilshire Boulvard in Burleson
  • Kroger Pharmacy at 5101 W Sublett Road in Arlington

Residents can register for testing and make an appointment online: krogerhealth.com/covidtesting.

Test results are expected within approximately 72 hours. The Fort Worth and Dallas testing sites are estimated to handle 200 tests per day each.

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

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

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. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

Dallas: 2060 S. Buckner Boulevard

Fort Worth: 8600 Camp Bowie West Boulevard

Irving: 1330 N Belt Line Road

Learn more and complete the online assessment.

Frisco opens saliva test site for all North Texans

Free saliva tests will be administered at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco. 

The site will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is open to any North Texan.

Those interested in getting tested must register for an appointment at texas.curativeinc.com.

The test is self-collected and results should come back in two to four days. The Curative Korva lab says its test has an 89% accuracy rate.

This site is expected to run through August. 

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 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays by appointment only 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:

People with symptoms:

  • Any Grand Prairie resident
  • Anyone who works in Grand Prairie

People without symptoms:

  • Health care facility workers
  • First responders
  • City employees
  • Essential workers, including grocery store employees
  • School district or charter school employees
  • 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

In addition, the City is offering at-home appointments for anyone who is 65 or older, suffers from chronic disease, is disabled, lives with someone who falls into those categories, or who is symptomatic but doesn’t have transportation.

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

Free nasal swab test site in Denton every Tuesday

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

Anyone is eligible if one of the following applies: you have had COVID-19 symptoms in the last seven days, are an essential employee, are 60 years old or older, or you have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Pre-registration is required. Go here for more information or call 940-349-2585. Those who want to be tested should enter Parking Garage from Union Circle.

This is a drive-thru testing center. However, 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 about 20 seconds to complete, and may be uncomfortable.

City of Arlington offers free nasal swab tests for Tarrant County residents, appointment no longer required

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 health care or essential worker.

Appointments are no longer required. Testing times are between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Aug. 3 until Aug. 8. The site is at East Arlington Branch Library at Park Plaza, 1624 New York Ave.

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

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.

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, health care 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.

Parkland offers tests to their patients at multiple locations

Parkland Health and Hospital System offers drive-thru testing by appointment only for current patients who meet medically necessary criteria with a Parkland doctor's order.

At Parkland Memorial Hospital testing will take place in the parking lot at 4811 Harry Hines Blvd. in Dallas. First responders and healthcare workers can also be tested at this location.

Testing is also available at their multiple community-based clinics.

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

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

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