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Updated COVID-19 Information from Parkland Health

Updated COVID-19 testing sites

Testing criteria for Dallas County community based testing sites

• At the sites listed below, testing is now open to anyone who is over the age of 5 with or without symptoms and who lives within the boundaries of the City of Dallas or Dallas County.

• The full testing criteria are available at www.parklandhospital.com/covid19testing.

Current public sites open for testing

• Goodwill Industries / Los Barrios –Walk-Up Testing Site 3020 North Westmoreland Road, Dallas, Texas 75212

o Monday – Saturday

o 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Eastfield College Campus – Drive-Thru Testing Site 3737 Motley Drive, Mesquite, Texas 75150. Also open to students and employees with Dallas College ID.

o Monday – Friday

o 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Sam Tasby Middle School–Walk-Up Testing Site 7001 Fair Oaks Avenue, Dallas, 75231

o Monday – Saturday

o 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Ellis Davis Field House –Drive-Thru Testing Site 9191 South Polk Street, Dallas, Texas 75232

o Monday – Saturday

o 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Salvation Army Pleasant Grove Corps Community Center –Walk-Up Testing Site 8341 Elam Road, Dallas, Texas 75217

o Monday – Saturday

o 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Parkland offers COVID-19 testing at several of its clinics. Testing at these locations is by appointment only for current Parkland patients who meet the medically necessary criteria with a Parkland physician’s order. Call the COVID-19 patient line at 214-590-8060, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• All testing sites throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area and across Texas can be found from Texas Health and Human Services.

Staying safe

Protect yourself and others by getting a flu shot

• Flu season is around the corner. Health experts stress that the best way to lessen the chances of getting the flu is still the vaccine. Flu vaccinations are more important now than ever and are one of the most important steps you can take to protect your health.

• Health experts also offer several tips to help reduce the risk of catching the flu:

o Keep your distance from others who are sick.

o Stay home when you are sick so that you don’t pass the virus to others.

o Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing to help keep from spreading germs.

o Clean your hands often using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

o Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

o Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

• Your family can get up to date on their vaccinations (immunization) by visiting one of our 12 school-based clinics located throughout Dallas County or a Parkland COPC health center.

Beware of COVID-19 scams

• Unfortunately, there have been reports of people trying to take advantage of those who are vulnerable during this crisis.

• Some individuals have received a call asking to verify their address to deliver COVID-19 personal protection equipment. These calls are a scam.

• These calls are not associated with the COVID-19 community testing sites mentioned above.

• For additional information on these scams, you can send people to these sites or provide information to them from these sites:

o www.fcc.gov/covid-scams

o www.justice.gov/coronavirus

o www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing

Additional resources

Data challenge launched for local youth

• The City of Dallas’ Office of Innovation has launched a student data challenge in partnership with Dallas County, Parkland Center for Clinical Innovations, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas Independent School District and others to help young people assess and analyze COVID-19 data. The COVID-19 Data Challenge is open to students who live in the Dallas – Fort Worth area in grades 6 through 12.

• Students selected for the challenge will work on a data project using real COVID-19 data for Dallas County cases. Students will be able to utilize their math, data, and coding skills all while learning how COVID-19 is affecting their community. Almost 3,000 young people under the age of 18 have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since July 1 in Dallas County.

• The deadline to join the challenge is September 3 and the challenge will run from September 8 through September 21. Winners will be announced on October 1.

• Adults who want to serve as mentors and judges may also complete the application.

Rental resources

• Applications for past-due rent relief for Dallas residents are now open through DHA, Housing Solutions for North Texas. Find out if you qualify and apply now at http://DallasCaresActRent.org.

Parkland’s virtual speakers bureau

• Parkland’s virtual Speakers Bureau provides a variety of healthcare professional speakers who are committed to building awareness through its many educational programming efforts. This is a free service that covers diverse topics such diabetes, behavioral health and women’s health. For more information on the Virtual Speakers Bureau or to request a speaker, please go to https://www.parklandhospital.com/speakers or contact Community Relations at parklandcommunityrelations@phhs.org

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