FWISD Joins Kroger Health to Launch Free COVID-19 Testing Site
The Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co. and the City of Fort Worth to add a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site on Fort Worth’s North Side.
Free testing will be offered at Fort Worth ISD’s J.P. Elder Middle School beginning Thursday, May 7, with plans to perform over 1,000 tests weekly, or 250 tests per day. A similar site will be added in Dallas starting Saturday, May 9.
“Kroger has always aimed to be there for our customers, associates and communities when they need us most and it has never been more important as we help to expand testing across Dallas/Fort Worth,” said Adam Wampler, president of Kroger Dallas Division. “We are thankful for the collaboration with The City of Dallas, Dallas County, City of Fort Worth, CitySquare, Fort Worth ISD, and many city departments who helped make this possible. We could not do this alone and we are confident, that together, we will get through this.”
"As we begin to take the first steps in easing restrictions and slowly re-opening, we must continue to increase our testing capacity so we can truly understand the impact this virus is having on our community,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. "I am grateful for our continued partnership with Kroger, as it will bring more than 1,000 additional tests a week to our community. We must continue to protect ourselves against this virus and testing is a vital role in ultimately combating COVID-19.”
Residents can register at https://www.krogerhealth.com/covidtesting.
People needing a test will use a virtual screening tool based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to see if they are eligible. Those who are eligible for the testing are based on CDC, state and local government recommendations.
The drive-thru testing location at J.P. Elder MS will feature a self-administered nasal swab that must be ordered and observed by a provider. J.P. Elder Middle School is located at 600 Park St., in Fort Worth. Testing hours run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each Tuesday through Saturday.
Those eligible will select an appointment time that will be confirmed by email and contain pre-appointment paperwork to complete. When a person arrives for their test, they should have their photo ID ready and should leave their window rolled up for check-in, until a health care practitioner comes to the car to provide the patient with the test.
Test results are expected within approximately 72 hours.