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Dallas County Opens Drive-Through Testing For COVID-19 This Weekend

Christina Ulsh
KERA News special contributor
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins

Dallas County officials said they’re opening two drive-through testing sites for COVID-19. The sites will operate this weekend, but testing is limited to certain individuals.

Saturday’s testing site is American Airlines Center at 2500 Victory Plaza in Dallas. The site opens at 8 a.m.

Sunday’s testing site is at Ellis Davis Field House at 9191 S. Polk St. in Dallas. The site opens at 8 a.m.

People are eligible for testing if they have a fever of at least 99.6 degrees and are either older than 65,  a DART bus driver, a first responder or a healthcare worker, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said on Twitter.

People with questions may call 211.            

Earlier in the week, Parkland Health & Hospital System set up its own testing for Parkland patients who have a Parkland physician’s order.

Gov. Greg Abbott has said he expects up to 20,000 COVID-19 tests to be administered weekly in Texas. As of Friday, more than 5,200 people have been tested in the state, according to state health officials. Most of those tests were conducted by private labs.

Abbott says there could be “tens of thousands” of cases of the new coronavirus across the state within the next two weeks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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