The saliva tests will be offered to all residents of North Texas, regardless of county or city of residence, though pre-registration is required. Registration for the Frisco location is set to open at 8 a.m. Aug. 1 at Texas.curativeinc.com.
Appointments will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The Frisco testing site is expected to continue operating through the end of August.
“There’s no fee or insurance required, and you don’t need to be a Frisco resident,” Frisco Fire Battalion Chief Jake Owen said in a city news release. “Anyone is welcome; however, participants must register online to reserve a time slot.”
Owen said those wishing to be tested should not eat, drink or use mouthwash for 20 minutes before taking the test.
“For many folks, this process may be more appealing than a nasal swab,” he said.
The FDA-approved test is an observed self-collected test, which means participants will be given the testing materials and instructions to collect their own sample. A video with instructions on the process is available here.
Curative Inc. reports that its test has an 89% accuracy rate and that participants will receive results within two to four days, according to the city news release.
The free tests are being provided by the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
Dr Pepper Ballpark, which is located at 7300 RoughRiders Trail, Frisco, is one of three regional COVID-19 saliva testing sites being set up in North Texas.