Fort Worth has a new COVID-19 testing option and it's free. Walgreens, the pharmacy chain, has opened a drive-through COVID-19 testing location at its store at 8600 Camp Bowie West Blvd.
Testing will be conducted outdoors on the property. Walgreens pharmacists will oversee patients' self-administration of the COVID-19 test, using Abbott’s ID NOW COVID19 test.
Mayor Betsy Price gives Walgreens some snaps.
"Testing plays a critical role in evaluating our re-opening strategy and I am grateful Walgreens has stepped up to help us test more residents and ultimately help our community move forward," Mayor Price says in a statement.
Testing is available by appointment only, from 9 am-5 pm daily, to individuals who meet eligibility criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Visit Walgreens.com/coronavirus to complete an online health assessment to determine eligibility. Only then can you schedule an appointment.
The testing site is part of an effort by Walgreens to provide greater access to COVID-19 testing and community resources. The company has also opened testing sites in Houston and Pasadena.
The only other facilities offering COVID-19 testing in the Fort Worth area are private, and they charge. They include urgent care centers. Some are drive-through, some you do at home. You can find a list on the city's website.
A release reminds us all that testing is an important step but does not alleviate the need to follow public health recommendations like social distancing, washing hands, and wearing face masks. No slacking, people.