Dallas will start strong in 2022 to battle and get past COVID-19 as they open up three more sites to increase efficiency according to a Dallas Morning News article from January 4. In it they say,
“Parkland Health & Hospital System announced Tuesday that it is opening a new public testing site for COVID-19 at the hospital’s Amelia Court Clinic. The county’s public health department will open sites at Ellis Davis Field House and The Cove Aquatic Center at Samuell Grand this week.
The Parkland site is open by appointment only, Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1936 Amelia Court. To get an appointment, visit parklandhospital.com/covidtest or call 214-590-7000. There is no charge for the tests, the hospital said, but patients will need to bring an ID and minors will need to be accompanied by an adult.
The site at Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 S. Polk Street in Red Bird, will open Wednesday at noon, but will then be open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Appointments are preferred at testing.nomihealth.com/signup/texas, but walk-ups are allowed.
The Samuell-Grand Park site, 3201 Samuell Boulevard in Old East Dallas, will open Thursday. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Appointments are required at mycovidappointment.com or by calling 469-536-0807.”
The Ellis Davis Field House however, will only allow appointments after it was reported that it took several hours for people to get tested according to a Dallas Morning News article from January 11. They say,
“A county-run COVID-19 testing site at Ellis Davis Field House will now require appointments after long lines snarled traffic in the area after it first opened.
County leaders met Monday night with Nomi Health, a private company tasked with operating the site in Dallas’ Red Bird neighborhood in southern Dallas, and decided to change tactics after a rocky start.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said people had to wait six hours in line, although a Dallas Morning News reporter waited nearly eight hours Monday.
“The start with Nomi has been poor and rocky,” Jenkins said at a Commissioner’s Court meeting Tuesday. “The only way we’re going to get people in and out in a good period of time is appointments.”
The co-founder of Nomi Health, Boe Hartman, apologized for the delay and problems but promised to deliver back its efforts and re-earn the trust of the community and the City officials.