Dallas County moves drive-thru test site to Irving, says quicker results to come from private vendor

Drive-thru testing will continue in Dallas County following the hiring of a private vendor. (Courtesy CommUnityCare Health Centers)
Drive-thru testing will continue in Dallas County following the hiring of a private vendor. (Courtesy CommUnityCare Health Centers)

Drive-thru testing will continue in Dallas County following the hiring of a private vendor. (Courtesy CommUnityCare Health Centers)

Drive-thru testing will continue in Dallas County following an agreement with Parkland Health & Hospital Systems as well as a private vendor, according to a June 30 press release.

The drive-thru site at the American Airlines Center is being relocated to The University of Dallas in Irving and will open July 1, per the release.

The vendor, Honu, will take over testing at The University of Dallas in Irving. The company's lab will have a quicker turnaround for test results, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in the release.

“Faster results give you the chance to make the best decisions for your health and gives our public health experts more timely information to better advise the community,” he said.

Federal funds will run out at the Ellis Davis Field House location in mid-July, at which point Parkland Health & Hospital System will take over, according to the county. The Field House will remain a regional site with no residency requirements for those being tested.


Those who wish to be tested at The University of Dallas must be a resident of the city of Dallas or Dallas County. Address verification, such as a utility bill or library card, is required, per the release.

Both sites are open Mon.-Sat. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Criteria for the testing sites, according to the county, are as follows.

  • Persons with symptoms of potential COVID-19 infection, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, and/or sore throat

  • Anyone age 65 or older

  • Anyone with chronic health issues, such as diabetes, asthma or heart issues

  • Any first responders, Dallas Area Rapid Transit drivers, health care workers, grocery store workers or essential retail store workers

  • Persons without symptoms who have been actively engaged in large group settings, such as public gatherings or congregations of people


For more testing locations in Dallas County, visit this link.



Editor's note: This article was amended to include information from an updated announcement released by Dallas County on July 1.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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