You probably hear it everywhere you turn – someone you know has possible symptoms of COVID-19 and is looking for a test. Now you also need to find one.
Restaurants are closing temporarily and airlines are canceling flights as more North Texans develop symptoms and self-isolate. And Dallas County has increased its COVID-19 threat level from orange to red, signaling a high risk of transmission of the virus in the Dallas community.
Health experts recommend getting tested regularly and celebrating the New Year safely at home, as the omicron variant spreads up to three times faster than the previous Delta variant.
Finding a test is proving difficult in North Texas as people line up long lines at private sites to get tested.
So where can you get tested for COVID-19 in Dallas?
Private test options
Private testing sites, including those at CVS, Walgreens, and major retailers, may have the longest wait times for people wanting to get tested before New Years.
From Wednesday, the earliest you can schedule a one-stop PCR test CVS in Dallas is Jan. 3. Appointments for a quick test at CVS sites in Dallas are taking even longer – until Jan. 5, according to the CVS website.
At CVS, if you don’t have symptoms of COVID-19 and are tested as a preventative measure, a test can cost up to $ 139.
AT Walgreens locations in the Dallas area, appointments are being made for PCR and rapid testing until Jan. 5, according to the Walgreens testing site. The company said in a statement last week that it was already experiencing “unprecedented demand for related testing and vaccine services.”
Walmart works with Quest Diagnostics to provide drive-thru and in-person testing at its sites from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Before Scheduling an Appointment in line, get a doctor’s note.
At the Sethi Labs on Ross Avenue in Haskell in Dallas, Jason Matthews, who works north of the Cityplace Testing Clinic, said he came to get tested there because he was not feeling well and was ‘he knew someone who had tested positive.
âLike every CVS for a hundred mile radius is reserved,â Matthews said.
Some companies will send tests and an administrator to you through a concierge service, but this comes at a cost.
MyLabsDirect offers home test delivery and operates physical testing sites in Plano and Royse City. He will also send a professional to your home to test your entire household for $ 99. Testing is free if the patient thinks they have been exposed or is experiencing symptoms.
Delivery service GoPuff offers home delivery of COVID tests for around $ 23.99 per kit. Between Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, the company saw a more than 1,800% increase in demand for test kits in Dallas, said GoPuff spokeswoman Courtney Cauthen.
If you enter your postal code and other personal information, GoGetTested.com draws up a list of test sites around the metroplex operated by Health, Heal360 and others. Testing sites have variable availability, and most in the Dallas area have wait times for PCR results of around 40 hours after testing.
If driving isn’t an issue, Dallas residents who shared their experiences finding COVID-19 tests this week with The morning news from Dallas said they were able to find appointments earlier at sites further out of town.
On Twitter, North Dallas resident Robert Vann shared a video of the line of cars on a GoGetTested.com site at the intersection of Royal and Hillcrest. Van said he had already had to wait more than two days for test results.
Benchmark: When we visited the same site on 12/21/21 at the same time, our wait time was 2h from the white suburb at the start of the clip. pic.twitter.com/k33dxArHar
– only human (@hyoomen) December 27, 2021
COVID-19 home tests
Philip Huang, Dallas County director of public health, said on Wednesday that although pharmacies can be set aside for four days for testing, home kits are still expected to be available despite increased demand. Shipments of new tests arrive regularly, he said, although they can run out quickly.
CVS and Walgreens both see incredible demand for rapid at-home testing, according to the two companies.
âDue to a recent increase in demand and to maintain community access to testing in our stores, there may be temporary stockouts for these products on CVS.comCVS spokesperson Tara Burke said. The news.
Some Dallas residents who spoke with The news shared concerns that consumers were buying and racking up a large number of tests in recent weeks.
Walgreens said some of its stores may experience a “temporary shortage” of rapid test kits.
CVS limits the number of tests an individual can purchase in person and online to six kits “to ensure fair access to tests both in store and digitally,” said Burke.
Walgreens limits the number of tests an individual can purchase to four kits.
On Amazon, the first COVID-19 at home testing expected to ship to consumers is Jan. 5.
The Dallas County Department of Public Health said it was working with community partners to open more testing sites while it worked to open sites run by the county.
For example, Dallas College has opened two public testing sites at its Mountain View and Richland campuses, Huang said. The Mountain View site is open Monday through Saturday, while the Richland site is open Monday through Thursday. Both sites are open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and are closed on Dec.31 and Jan.1, Huang said. Find more details on the Dallas College website.
The county is working with vendors to open additional testing sites, but has not finalized details, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said on Wednesday. These sites could be on another campus of Dallas College, Fair Park or Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center in the Red Bird neighborhood of Dallas.
These sites may not work until January 10, although the county is working to open them earlier.
Tarrant County is also expanding its testing efforts at the Scarborough-Handley Fieldhouse in Fort Worth ISD and the Como Community Center, which are open Tuesdays and Thursdays. The sites are in addition to the current test site at the TEXRail North Side station at 3001 Decatur Ave.
Jenkins announced Tuesday that the Dallas County Public Health Committee had raised the threat level of COVID-19 from orange to red, or “high risk of transmission.” The advice is similar at other times during the pandemic, with added urgency due to the omicron variant. People who are immunocompromised or over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home.
âThe change reflects the really huge increase in cases and the number of hospitals that we are seeing,â said Huang. The news Wednesday. “Nobody says you can’t do nothing, it’s just do it [with] common sense.”
Jenkins and Huang said New Year’s revelers should consider risk factors for themselves and their family members when considering ringing the bell in 2022. Go to a crowded public place, they said, may be a bad idea, but outdoor events with small groups of vaccinated people could still be safe.
âCelebrate with the people you love all the time,â Jenkins said. “It’s a short push that we have to go through.”
Editors Anna Caplan and Al DÃa reporters Marisol ChÃ¡vez and MarÃa Ramos Pacheco contributed.
Where to get tested
- Dallas College on the Mountain View and Richland campuses
- Dallas residents can book an appointment at cityofdallasmobiletesting.com or dial 1-888-601-0568
- Parkland Memorial Hospital patients can call 214-590-8060
- Texas Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/testing-locations.php
- MCI Diagnostics, 9728 Greenville Ave. Call 833-657-1880
- YesNoCovid has a location at 6505 E. Northwest Highway