Second "Drive Thru" Coronavirus Testing Area Opens in Dallas


DALLAS (KRLD) - The second of two mobile testing locations for coronavirus has opened in Dallas. Through Monday, 155 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Dallas with three deaths.

Saturday, a mobile testing location opened in a parking lot across from the American Airlines Center. Sunday, a second location opened at Ellis Davis Field House in South Dallas.

The two locations can each process about 2,400 tests a week.

Neither location is open to the public. 

Testing criteria in Dallas for the coronavirus has also changed. According to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, anyone with these three symptoms can be tested:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Fever of 99.6 or higher when tested.

At the American Airlines Center, one lane is closed on Victory Avenue southbound and both lanes are closed northbound. People driving up are told to keep windows closed and stay in their car.

At a preliminary site in the parking lot, the temperature of the person is taken. At a second tent, patients answer questions, fill out forms and present identification.

The test is administered in a parking garage, so it is out of public view. Patients are given information about self-isolation and how to manage their symptoms before they leave.

Patients can expect results within three to five days. Both sites are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ​