A new coronavirus testing center opened at Mountain View College this week, offering drive-thru testing from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
The site is open to anyone without regard to residency, but Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is encouraging residents in that ZIP, 75211, to be tested.
“Please be tested,” Jenkins told WFAA. “You need to know your status.”
That ZIP code has 60% more cases than average for Dallas County. The population of 75211 is largely Latino, with an immigrant workforce that is less likely to stay home. Residents of the area also are more likely to have multigenerational living situations and less access to healthcare.
“They’re out there risking their lives to keep the economy going right now, while you and I work from home” Jenkins told the TV station.
The tests, conducted through the Texas Department of Emergency Management, provide results in 2-4 days. The department says the intent is to test everyone who gets in line by 2 p.m., but have a full tank of gas because you might be in line for awhile. It’s also a good idea to print out your name and date of birth on a sheet of paper or type it into a note on your phone in large print as you’ll be asked for that information through the window of your car multiple times.
Enter on the Duncanville Road side of the campus.
Those seeking testing will not be asked to show identification or be asked about their immigration status, and the test is free.
Dallas County has opened its newest COVID-19 testing facility at Mountain View College. This testing facility is in...Posted by Chad West on Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Another #COVID19 testing location is opening tomorrow from 10am-2pm at Mountain View College, 4849 W Illinois Ave, Dallas, in partnership with @TDEM and @CityOfDallas. There are no residency requirements. Starting Tuesday, the site will operate 8am-2pm through Saturday.— Clay Jenkins (@JudgeClayJ) July 19, 2020