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COVID-19 tests total more than 53,000 countywide

Posted July 29, 2020

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Several drive-thru testing sites are available in Tarrant County.

As virus rates continue surging nationwide, growing numbers of people are getting tested for COVID-19. In Tarrant County, more than 53,000 residents have been tested at multiple sites.

As of July 29, 53,385 patients had been tested countywide, including 20,606 in Fort Worth. View updated testing numbers.

Tarrant County now has 349 confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 virus; 13,560 people have recovered.

Several factors make COVID-19 testing important, starting first with the patient, and expanding from there to protect others in the community. Testing identifies whether or not someone has the virus, and helps rule out other possible health conditions that might share some of the same signs, symptoms or concerns.

COVID-19 causes respiratory illness with cough, fever and shortness of breath and may lead to bronchitis and severe pneumonia.

There are several testing options available: nasopharyngeal swab, self-administered nasal swab and, now, liquid saliva. View a list of testing sites available countywide.

The City of Fort Worth and the city’s emergency response volunteers are staffing two sites, with a total of 750 appointments available each day. Tests are being administered at:

  • J.P. Elder Middle School, 709 N.W. 21st St. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 28-31. Tests will be limited to 450 per day.
  • Dickies Arena Parking Garage, 3464 Trail Drive. 4-8 p.m. July 28-31. Tests will be limited to 300 per day.

City staff from Police, Fire and Code Compliance departments, along with certified city volunteers for emergency response, are staffing the sites and guiding patients through the self-administered saliva sample collection process. Tests are offered at no cost to the public; however, insurance information is collected, where possible.

Test kits are provided through a partnership with the City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County Public Health. The primary contractor is Vault Health, and the laboratory analysis is performed by RUCDR Infinite Biologics, a division of Rutgers University.

Tests at both sites are available by online appointment. Residents who do not have access to a computer may call 817-248-6299 to schedule an appointment.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing options in Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

What to do while awaiting results

Many people have important questions on what to do while they await COVID-19 test results.

Dr. Diana Cervantes, faculty epidemiologist with the HSC School of Public Health in Fort Worth, said the safest bet is to self-isolate right away while waiting to hear results.

“People should stay at home, away from others, for 10 days after the first signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19,” she said. “If you have no symptoms, but had reasons for getting tested – because you think you may be infected with the virus due to recent exposure, such as being in large groups of people or being in other high-risk situations – you should still isolate as a precaution for that same 10-day period, even if you have not yet heard back on your results.”

If you remain symptom free after 10 days – or if your condition improves after at least 10 days, including at least three days with no fever – you can end self-isolation. It’s not necessary to wait for follow-up from the testing center or your provider in order to do so. At that point, you are no longer considered contagious.

If you don’t immediately begin self-isolating, Cervantes said, you could unknowingly infect others while you’re waiting.

“Every day that goes by can be critical,” she said, “as the virus can be passed to others up to two days before having symptoms and up to 10 days after.”

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