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City and partners open community COVID-19 testing sites

Posted April 24, 2020

Free community COVID-19 testing sites for qualifying individuals are opening in the Fort Worth area through partnerships with the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County Public Health, the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Community testing sites will be opening across Tarrant County starting Friday, April 24. The first sites to open will include one near the Fort Worth hospital district and one in Arlington. Beginning Sunday, April 26, locations and appointment information for the testing sites will be available.

“From day one, we have known that testing would be a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “I am proud of the work being done at our Joint Emergency Operations Center, as our city staff has worked tirelessly to get more testing centers set up. And I am so grateful for the community partners who have stepped up to make these new sites a reality.”

Community testing sites provide a free testing option for individuals who meet prescreening requirements. The sites will operate drive-through by appointment only for individuals who meet qualifications:

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

Additional community-based testing sites will open in different areas of Fort Worth and Tarrant County in the coming weeks.

Additional testing options by private facilities, including other free options, are also still available. Individuals who need COVID-19 testing, but do not qualify for the free testing site, can view an online list of testing facilities in the Fort Worth area.

When patients can be tested, identified and isolated, the viral spread can be better contained. Testing is an important next step in this emergency response; however, it does not alleviate the need to follow public health recommendations like social distancing, washing hands and wearing face masks when appropriate.

Community testing site partners said the following about the efforts:

UNTHSC President Dr. Michael R. Williams: “HSC is proud to lead the medical response for this effort in Fort Worth and Tarrant County along with our partners at UT Southwestern’s Moncrief Cancer Institute. Our HSC students, staff and faculty have stepped up in a very big way to provide onsite support services for first responders, and now the entire Fort Worth community. We are very proud to continue to add value and bring testing to our community as a whole with a special focus on our underserved communities.”

Moncrief Cancer Institute Director Dr. Keith Argenbright: “It is a privilege for UT Southwestern’s Moncrief Cancer Institute to lead this effort with the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. We have more than a decade of experience in public health screening programs that reach the most vulnerable in our community. While we are focused on cancer screenings, our expertise in providing health screenings for large populations in medically-underserved areas is a natural fit for building Tarrant County’s COVID-19 testing facilities. We are pleased to have the opportunity to serve our community during this time of great need.”

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