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South Campus offers COVID-19 testing

MALIK GILES
managing editor

Photo by Ekkaratk
City of Fort Worth Partnered with South campus to assist with drive-thru Covid-19 testing from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Since Aug. 27, Fort Worth city service workers, such as police and firemen have been providing the public free COVID-19 testing every 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays at South Campus.

“You can come and drive through and do it in your car,” Site Manager Cody Whittenburg said.

The person getting tested needs proper identification. One can sign up by phone. The person getting tested spits in a tube until it reaches a small black line. The workers send the test to the labs through FedEx, and then the person will get their results back within three to four days via email.

The test results are kept private. If the results are positive, it’ll give the workers an idea on where they need to have their next sites at the most. If there’s a certain number of people infected with the virus, then they’ll add a site in that area.

The city of Fort Worth provides testing at 10 other locations around Tarrant County. TCC did not organize this testing but rather volunteered their parking lot as a drive-through testing site.

“I’m glad they’re doing testing especially when it’s free, regardless if it’s a spit test or in the nose,” TR student Devin Jones said. “I just wish TCC would have given us the information, emailed us or some- thing.”

Jones said he would consider taking it now since he knows about it and will spread the word.

“It makes sense though because they need those parking lot areas for their sites,” she said.

Meyers said the city would need the sites at schools and churches because they are the most public places she considers spreading the word to her classes.

Students seemed more interested in the fact that it’s free and painless unlike the test done with a tip going through one’s noses.

For more information, Whittenburg and his team said to go to fortworthtexas.gov/COVID-19 and to see more sites closer to home.

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