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Dallas’ Mobile Testing Service Saw Low Numbers Over Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2020

The City of Dallas’ mobile coronavirus testing service is making house calls, but it saw low numbers over the Memorial Day weekend. 

The mobile service didn’t crack fifteen tests on any day last weekend.

Rocky Vaz, the city’s director of Emergency Management, said 224 tests had been administered between the start of the program on May 15 and the end of Memorial Day. 

Since it started, the city said there have been over 700 requests for testing, but about half have been screened out because the patients didn’t live within city boundaries.

“If our numbers remain low, we will look at options,” Vaz said. “But we don’t want to water down the criteria so much that the people who actually need it [will] not get a chance to get tested and have to then be put on a waiting list.” 

Here's How You Can Get A Testing House Call:

If you’re a city resident with certain COVID-19 symptoms and you don’t have access to a vehicle, you can make an appointment. A mobile testing unit will drop by where you live and give you a test there. Tests are free. 

Residents can visit cityofdallasmobiletesting.com to start the screening process.