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    About COVID-19 Testing

    TCPH provides COVID-19 testing for those three and and over using a full PCR/NAAT test. This is not a rapid test, though the results are available the same evening or next afternoon in most cases. Exceptions happen; for example, Friday sample results are typically available Monday afternoon.

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    The federal government has now made COVID-19 testing kits available for free.

    Go to for more information.

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    Help Finding Another Site

    In addition to the sites posted here, the hotline may be able to help you identify a pharmacy near you that is open later, on weekends or is closer to your home. Call 817-248-6299 for assistance.

    Screenings are available in English and Spanish. People who need assistance in other languages, such as Vietnamese, can call the Tarrant County Public Health information line at 817-248-6299.

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    Find Covid-19 and Antibody Test Collection Site

    Additional COVID-19 Testing locations can be found using the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM)'s portal. 

    Please note: The TDEM portal includes testing providers that will assess fees and co-pays for their tests.

    To use the map, simply follow this link to the TDEM COVID-19 Test Collection site map. The TDEM website allows you to find a testing location based on the zip code that you enter.

    These sites may have a fee associated with the test collection. Insurance may be taken at the time of the service. It is best to call in advance to any site that you select to ensure that it is still operating and understand any requirements they might have.

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding COVID-19 Testing

    Should I get tested?
    You should consider getting tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms (a fever of 100.4 or greater, cough and shortness of breath) or you:

    • are employed as a healthcare or essential worker
    • If you were exposed to COVID-19
    • are over 65
    • have chronic health conditions

    Covid-19 Test Swab 

    What is the cost?

    Testing is free.  


    What do I need to bring?
    Please have a valid photo ID.  


    Can I bring a friend/spouse/children/family member to get tested with me?

    Each person to be tested must have their own appointment. Testing is available to those 18 and older.  


    What's the testing process?

    At each site they will identify you based on your government ID with picture and will walk you through some instructions.

    Next, they will take you through the actual testing process, where they will perform either a saliva test or a swab into your nose. For the swab test you will need to take a deep breath and lean your head back against the headrest.

    Then they will bag your swab and send it for testing. You will be free to go once the swab is bagged.


    When will my results be available?
    COVID-19 test results take approximately 2-3 days depending on the demand for testing.  You will be contacted by someone from Tarrant County Public Health whether your results are positive or negative. If you have not received your test results in three days, please call: 817-248-6299 and press option 4.

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    COVID-19 Testing Basics

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    Different Types of Coronavirus Tests

    Molecular Test

    Also known as:

    Diagnostic test, viral test, molecular test, nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT, RT-PCR test, LAMP test.

    How the sample is taken:

    Nasal or throat swab (most tests) Saliva (a few tests).

    How long it takes to get results:

    Same day (some locations) or up to a week


    Is another test needed?

    This test is typically highly accurate and usually does not need to be repeated.


    What it shows:

    Diagnoses active coronavirus infection.

    What it can't do:

    Show if you ever had COVID-19 or were infected with the coronavirus in the past.

    Antigen Test

    Also known as:

    Rapid diagnostic test (Some molecular tests are also rapid tests.)

    How the sample is taken:

    Nasal or throat swab.

    How long it takes to get results:

    One hour or less

    Is another test needed?

    Positive results are usually highly accurate but negative results may need to be confirmed with a molecular test.


    What it shows:

    Diagnoses active coronavirus infection.

    What it can't do:

    Definately rule out active coronavirus infection. Antigen tests are more likely to misss an active coronavirus infection compared to molecular tests. Your health care provider may order a molecular test if your antigen test shows a negative result but you have symptoms of COVID-19.

    Antibody Test

    Also known as:

    Serological test, serology, blood test, serology test.

    How the sample is taken:

    Finger stick or blood draw.

    How long it takes to get results:

    Same day (many locations) or 1-3 days


    Is another test needed?

    Sometimes a second antibody test is needed for accurate results.

    What it shows:

    Shows if you've been infected by coronavirus in the past.

    What it can't do:

    Diagnose active coronavirus infection at the time of the test, or show what you do not have COVID-19.

    More details can be found on this U.S. Food and Drug Administration webpage.


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    Steps to take after being tested for COVID-19:         English            Spanish

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    Until you obtain results, follow these recommendations:

    Remember that most people who become infected with COVID-19 experience symptoms similar to the common cold or flu and are able to manage their symptoms at home using the same medications you would use to treat a cold or the flu. 

    In addition, you should isolate, at home, and follow the prevention steps below to limit the potential spread of illness:

    • Restrict activities outside your home, unless you need medical care
    • Do not go to work, school, or public places
    • Avoid using public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis
    • Stay in a specific room away from others inside your home, as much as possible. Wear a mask when around other people, including healthcare workers.  If you are unable to wear a mask, those around you should
    • If possible, use a separate bathroom
    • Restrict contact with pets while you are sick
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Several store-bought pocket hand sanitizers are more than 60% alcohol. Always check the labels.
    • Avoid sharing dishes, utensils, cups, towels and bedding
    • Frequently clean “high-touch” areas, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards and tablets
    • Although there have not been any reported cases of transmission from people to animals, limiting contact is recommended.

    If you feel you need to see your healthcare provider or have an existing appointment, first call their office and tell them you have, or may have COVID-19. They will determine how to proceed with your care.  Many medical offices are offering telehealth visits and may advise this type of visit, if appropriate.

    At this time, you have been instructed to home isolate because your current symptoms are considered mild.  In the event your symptoms worsen, seek medical attention.  Worsening of symptoms* may include:

    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face

      *This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

    If your healthcare provider recommends you go to the clinic or hospital for further evaluation, put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.



    This page was last modified on January 18, 2022


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