Parkland COVID-19 Updates
Parkland opens additional COVID-19 testing Parkland expands COVID-19 testing
Parkland expands COVID-19 testing to more of its community-based clinics: o Openfortesting:HatcherStationHealthCenter,4600ScyeneRoad,Dallas,TX75210 o Openfortesting:GarlandHealthCenter,802HopkinsStreet,Garland,TX75040 o Openfortesting:deHaro-SaldivarHealthCenter,1400N.WestmorelandRoad,Dallas, TX 75211 o May5:Bluitt-FlowersHealthCenter,303E.OvertonRoad,Dallas,TX75216 o May6:IrvingHealthCenter,1800N.BritainRoad,Irving,TX75061 o May7:SoutheastDallasHealthCenter,9202ElamRoad,Dallas,TX75217 o May8:E.CarlyleSmith,Jr.HealthCenter,801ConoverDrive,GrandPrairie,TX75051
All these Parkland testing sites are listed at www.parklandhospital.com/COVID19testing orwww.parklandhospital.com/espanol/PruebasDeCOVID19.
Testing at these locations is by appointment only for current Parkland patients who meet the medically necessary criteria with a Parkland physician’s order.
Patients can call the COVID-19 patient line at 214-590-8060, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Testing for non-Parkland patients is available at 9191 S. Polk Street (Ellis Davis Field House) and 2500 Victory Plaza (American Airlines Center), daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until maximum number of tests is reached.
Parkland now offers a virtual symptom checker in English and Spanish. The checker is located at the bottom right of the website home page. Simply type “hello” or “hola” to begin in the preferred language.
Access it at www.parklandhospital.com or www.parklandhosptial.com/espanol.
Anyone can use the checker to review symptoms to see if you need to seek further medical help. The checker will ask a series of questions about how you are feeling, symptoms you might be experiencing and if you have been around anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
The symptom checker is private and anonymous. The checker will ask for your ZIP code to help understand where need exists in Dallas County, but that information will remain anonymous.
The checker will also link you to more information about how to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Reopening the economy Opening businesses
The Governor of Texas issued an order that allows some businesses to reopen on May 1 under certain conditions such as lower occupancy, additional cleaning procedures and employee symptom screenings.
Reopened businesses include retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, museums and libraries. o ReviewthefulllistandmoreinformationfromtheOfficeoftheTexasGovernor. o ReadthefullrulesforreopenedbusinessesinDallasCounty.
Some general rules for reopened services include: o Allemployeesmustbetrainedforcleaninganddisinfection,handhygieneand respiratory etiquette.
o All employees must be screened before coming into the business for symptoms related to COVID-19. Employees who meet any of the criteria must go home.
Although religious worship services are allowed, Dallas County strongly encourages services to continue remotely via video and teleconferencing.
Schools will remain closed for the rest of the current school year.
Long-term care facilities
Dallas County issued an order that long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living centers, that have confirmed cases of COVID-19 cannot accept new patients until the facility has gone 30 days without a new COVID-19 diagnosis.
Staff at those facilities may not work at another facility.
General public should not visit medical settings, such as nursing homes, even if you are not sick.
Precautions when outside the home
Dallas County’s shelter-in-place order continues through May 15, 2020.
Although some businesses are starting to reopen, it’s important to take steps to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Limit public interaction as much as you can. If you must go out, practice social distancing by staying six feet away from others. Wear a mask.
Use hand sanitizer when you leave the store and wash your hands with soap and water when you get home. Learn the proper way to wash your hands.
Limit the places you go to essential errands. Work, groceries, gas, medical visits and banking are examples of essential errands.
Most importantly, stay home if you are sick.
The CDC offers more information about staying safe while doing essential errands.