Because of the large gatherings for protests we've seen over the last two weeks, Dallas County officials are urging demonstrators to get tested for COVID-19.
To make that easier, two walk-up COVID-19 testing sites will open in southern Dallas on Monday.
The new sites that will open to the public Monday are as follows:
- Red Bird Mall/Westmoreland Park, 7222 South Westmoreland Road, Dallas, 75237
- Inspired Vision Compassion Center, 2019 North Masters Drive, Dallas, 75217
"We want you to get tested particularly if you've been in these large gatherings like protests," said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. "I'm proud of you standing up for an important principle. But we know with COVID, it's just not safe for us to be in large gatherings."
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Both sites will be open beginning Monday through June 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Judge Jenkins said you don't have to be a Dallas County resident or a U.S. citizen to get tested.
The locations may be adjusted as needed from week-to-week to meet demand in targeted ZIP codes, according to Parkland.
"It’s important that we take the testing to where it’s needed most and that is in communities without health coverage due to our state’s decision not to expand Medicaid," JudgeJenkins said. "These communities don’t have the medical resources of communities who have a pay source to pay for their healthcare."
The sites are a partnership between the Dallas County health system, Parkland Health and Hospital System, the city of Dallas and the federal government.
For more information, Dallas County Health and Human Services at 214-819-2000 or click here to go to the county's coronavirus website.