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    COVID-19 Self Screening and Testing Appointments
    Tarrant County COVID-19 self screen, testing and appointments
    DSHS COVID-19 Testing Sites Locator, for Tarrant County and all of Texas

    If you are unable to schedule an appointment through the Tarrant County scheduling portal, you will be given an option to go to the DSHS’s website. 

    Please note: DSHS portal includes testing providers that will assess fees and co-pays for their tests.

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    To help meet the need for more COVID-19 testing, Tarrant County has provided this web page for individuals to use in self-screening and to schedule a personal COVID-19 test at a community testing site.

    Screenings are available in English and Spanish. People who need assistance in other languages, such as Vietnamese, can call the Tarrant County Public Health information line at 817-248-6299.

     

    About Tarrant County Community Testing Sites

    Appointments are available at multiple testing sites across Tarrant County. Complete the screening questionnaire to qualify for an appointment.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding COVID-19 Testing

    Should I get tested?
    You should consider getting tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms (a fever of 100.4 or greater, cough and shortness of breath) or you:

    • are employed as a healthcare or essential worker
    • are over 65
    • have chronic health conditions

     

    What is the cost?

    Testing is free. If you have insurance, we will bill your insurance.   

    There are health insurers and health maintenance organizations that are currently waiving cost-sharing for medically necessary COVID-19 testing.

     

    What do I need to bring?
    Please have a valid photo ID with proof of Tarrant County residency. Do not forget to bring the QR code you will receive from your self-screen for your test appointment confirmation. Also be sure to bring any insurance card such as Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance. Insurance status does not exclude anyone. Those without insurance will still be provided testing.

     

    Can I bring a friend/spouse/children/family member to get tested with me?
    Each person to be tested must have their own appointment.

    Appointments are limited to adults 18 and over only. For children under 18, seek an appointment with their healthcare provider first.

     

    What's the testing process?
    This is a drive-through testing center. You will never exit your car. Do not roll the window down at all unless told to do so.

    At the first station they will identify you based on your government ID with picture and will walk you through some instructions using a flip chart

    The next station will take you through the actual testing process, where they will perform a swab deep into your nose. You will need to take a deep breath and lean your head back against the headrest. The swab will take 20 seconds to complete and it is uncomfortable. Then they will bag your swab and send it for testing. You will be free to go once the swab is bagged.

    When will my results be available?
    COVID-19 test results take approximately 4-5 days depending on the demand for testing.  If your test results are positive, you will be immediately notified. Negative test results will be sent by mail.

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    Until you obtain results, follow these recommendations:

    Remember that most people who become infected with COVID-19 experience symptoms similar to the common cold or flu and are able to manage their symptoms at home using the same medications you would use to treat a cold or the flu. 

    In addition, you should isolate, at home, and follow the prevention steps below to limit the potential spread of illness:

    • Restrict activities outside your home, unless you need medical care
    • Do not go to work, school, or public places
    • Avoid using public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis
    • Stay in a specific room away from others inside your home, as much as possible. Wear a mask when around other people, including healthcare workers.  If you are unable to wear a mask, those around you should
    • If possible, use a separate bathroom
    • Restrict contact with pets while you are sick
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Several store-bought pocket hand sanitizers are more than 60% alcohol. Always check the labels.
    • Avoid sharing dishes, utensils, cups, towels and bedding
    • Frequently clean “high-touch” areas, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards and tablets
    • Although there have not been any reported cases of transmission from people to animals, limiting contact is recommended.

    If you feel you need to see your healthcare provider or have an existing appointment, first call their office and tell them you have, or may have COVID-19. They will determine how to proceed with your care.  Many medical offices are offering telehealth visits and may advise this type of visit, if appropriate.

    At this time, you have been instructed to home isolate because your current symptoms are considered mild.  In the event your symptoms worsen, seek medical attention.  Worsening of symptoms* may include:

    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face

      *This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

    If your healthcare provider recommends you go to the clinic or hospital for further evaluation, put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.

     

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