DALLAS (KRLD) - The City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County are opening a new COVID-19 testing site on Tuesday, July 21st. It will be located at J.P. Elder Middle School at 709 N.W. 21st Street in north Fort Worth.
"That happens to be one of our hot spots," said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. "It's a heavily Hispanic neighborhood."
Officials say that the testing site was chosen to be accessible to the city's Hispanic population.
"Launching salvia-based pilot testing in District 2 provides residents in some of the hardest impacted zip codes better access to accurate testing with quick results reporting. My appreciation to our continued partnership with Tarrant County and our health care agencies" said Fort Worth City Council Member Carlos Flores.
The testing site will use a saliva test for COVID-19 instead of the nasal swab test.
"I've had to have that done three times and it doesn't really hurt, it's just very unpleasant," said Mayor Price. "To be able to...as someone said, 'spit in a test tube', that makes it a whole lot easier to do," said Mayor Price.
Test results should be available to patients within 48 hours.
Residents of Tarrant County and Fort Worth are asked to register for an appointment in advance through the county's web site at covidtesting.tarrantcounty.com or by calling 817-248-6299.
Patients will need to avoid eating, drinking or smoking for 30 minutes before their test. They will be asked to remain in their vehicle during the test. Staffers who speak both English and Spanish will be at the testing site to provide assistance. The site at J.P. Elder Middle School will open at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning and will be able to process up to 300 tests per day.