Latest in Keller, Roanoke, Northeast Fort Worth: COVID-19 testing sites available in Tarrant, Denton counties
Tarrant and Denton Counties can register online for COVID-19 screening. (Community Impact Newspaper employee)
As Governor Greg Abbott unleashes plans to reopen businesses in Texas, Tarrant and Denton counties are expanding COVID-19 testing options for county residents.
The Tarrant County Health Department announced that residents will be able to navigate from April 26th covidtesting.tarrantcounty.com for virtual COVID-19 screening. The first tests began on April 27th. Those who meet certain criteria are automatically scheduled for an appointment at a test location in Fort Worth.
“When we start planning a reopening, it is vital that we do more testing,” said Glen Whitley, a Tarrant County judge, in a press release. “These test sites will be critical to opening up the county.”
The county health department plans to gradually increase testing capacity over the next few weeks, spokesman Richard Hill said. The county’s test site will start running around 30 to 40 tests a day, he said.
For those looking to get testing elsewhere, both the City of Arlington and the Walgreens at 8600 Camp Bowie W. Blvd., Fort Worth, are offering free COVID-19 testing.
“This community has done an amazing job the past few weeks and worked through an awfully difficult time together,” said Pat McGrail, Mayor of Keller, in his April 27 address, all of you for your patience, adaptability, and spirit. “
As of April 28, TCPH has confirmed 2,088 cases of COVID-19 in the county, including 58 deaths and 289 patients who have recovered.
In the city of Fort Worth, 885 positive cases have been confirmed, with 33 deaths and 121 patients who have recovered.
A total of 40 positive cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the city of Keller, including one death and six patients who have recovered.
Denton County Public Health will open a drive-through coronavirus testing center on May 2 for eligible residents who have experienced coronavirus symptoms in the past week.
These symptoms include, but are not limited to, fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chills, loss of taste or smell, headache, and more. Registration is a must completed online.
The drive-through test center is open on May 2nd from 8:00 a.m. at 535 S. Loop 288, Denton.
The center will have 200 tests available. DCPH announced in an announcement on April 28th that additional drive-through testing centers would be made available to residents on an ongoing basis.
The tests, which typically last around 20 seconds, include a doctor taking a deep swab of the nose, according to Denton County. Once a resident has been tested, they will be contacted with the test results within five to seven days.
DCPH announced on April 28 that an additional 13 cases of coronavirus had been confirmed locally, bringing the county’s total cases to 738.
So far, 358 residents diagnosed with the virus have recovered, 360 cases remain active, and 20 residents have died from the disease, according to health officials.
There are five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city of Roanoke.