Dallas County shifted its COVID-19 testing locations Monday.
July 31 was the last day of testing at the University of Dallas location in Irving. It’s a location that was only open for a month.
“We began to see a drop off in the number of people that were testing at the Irving location, if we had enough test to be everywhere we would be,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. “We’re moving these to the places we need them most based on the numbers that are coming in our medical modeling and our tracing.”
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The new location at Eastfield College, 3737 Motely Drive in Mesquite opened on Aug. 3 and will be open Monday through Saturday.
“It’s a combination of who is uninsured, where cases are spreading where other testing is unavailable,” Jenkins said.
The new Mesquite testing location is in Parking Lot 8 on La Prada Drive from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. up to 500 tests each day.
Jenkins said the county and the City of Dallas have set aside $10 million for mass testing locations.
Jenkins said there has been a marked drop in positive cases, but he wants to make sure that doesn't give residents a false sense of security.
"The important thing for people to remember is we are seeing that because you're wearing your mask because you're avoiding those unnecessary desire trips," said Jenkins. "If you loosen your guard and began doing those things you were doing before the spike then we will have the spike all over again. It doesn't take all of us loosening our resolve. It only takes a few people to lead to a re-spike."