ARLINGTON (WBAP/KLIF)- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the State of Texas, Tarrant County and the City of Arlington announce a partnership to open a temporary drive-thru COVID-19 test site near Choctaw Stadium.
The testing site opens Wednesday, Jan. 19 for a three-week period in response to the rise of COVID-19 cases and the surge of Omicron transmission, which is driving an increase in demand for testing countywide. The site, which will operate seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Tuesday, Feb. 8, will be located in Texas Rangers’ Sienna Lot M at 1205 Pennant Drive, Arlington, Texas 76011. The testing site can only be accessed by entering southbound on AT&T Way.
“The Omicron variant has brought a pandemic high of illness that has triggered a demand for testing unlike anything we’ve seen in our journey with COVID thus far. We know testing is a critical tool in developing plans to mitigate the spread and the community is understandably concerned about appointment availability and wait times,” said Tarrant County Commissioner Devan Allen. “We have been working diligently to increase capacity throughout the county and I want to thank everyone who has helped stand up this new FEMA surge testing site near Choctaw Stadium so quickly.”
Testing is free and open to all ages and no insurance information will be collected.
Each individual seeking a test is asked to pre-register online to provide contact information for results and to select an appointment time slot. Multiple people in the same vehicle can receive a test during the same time slot. A QR code will be provided for each person receiving a test and must be shown at the test site as appointment confirmation. On-site registration is possible, but pre-registration is highly recommended to reduce waiting times. Results will be available between 24 to 36 hours.
The test is a self-collected shallow nasal swab test. Individuals will swab the inside of their nose with direction from on-site staff. Parents or legal guardians will need to swab small children. Anyone under 18 years of age will need a parent or guardian to register them online and their consent to receive testing.
To register, visit: ineedacovid19test.com and then select Texas and then Choctaw Stadium, Parking Lot M, 1205 Pennant Drive, Arlington.