Denton County Public Health is providing Denton County community members free COVID-19 testing.

COVID-19 Swab Test
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Who is Eligible for Free DCPH Testing

Denton County community members of all ages who meet eligibility criteria and are pre-registered can be tested. Those who are not pre-registered will not receive testing. 

Eligibility includes:

  • Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms within the previous 7 days – OR –
  • Critical infrastructure workers with or without symptoms – OR –
  • Individuals aged 60 or older -OR-
  • Individuals who have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19

For a full listing of critical infrastructure sectors, please visit the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) COVID-19 Response website.

Essential critical infrastructure workers must bring proof of employment, such as an employee ID or badge, to the testing center.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

If you meet the eligibility criteria above, pre-register by calling 940.349.2585 Monday – Friday between 8AM and 5PM.

WEEKLY RECURRING TESTING CENTER

FRIDAYS: Appointments beginning at 8AM
University of North Texas – Discovery Park
3940 N Elm St., Denton, TX 76207: Follow road to the right, towards back parking lot

UPCOMING TESTING CENTER

TUESDAY, AUGUST 11TH: Appointments beginning at 8AM
CROSS TIMBERS CHURCH
1119 US-377, Argyle, TX 76226

Testing will begin at 8AM. All pre-registered community members should arrive within the assigned hour time window provided during registration.

What is the testing process?

This is a drive-thru testing center. Please remain in your vehicle.

At the testing station, a DCPH team member will perform the COVID-19 test by swabbing deep in your nose. The swab will take approximately 20 seconds to complete, and it may be uncomfortable.

Your swab will be packaged and sent to the lab.

What to Expect After Testing

If you have been tested at a DCPH drive-thru center, you will be contacted by a DCPH team member regarding your test results. DCPH will provide test results within 2 -7 business days.

Until you obtain your results, you should isolate, at home, and follow the prevention steps below to limit the potential spread of illness:

  • Remain at home, unless you need medical care
  • Do not go to work, school, or public places
  • Stay in a specific room away from others inside your home, as much as possible
  • Wear a mask when around other people in your home or healthcare workers
  • If possible, use a separate bathroom
  • Cover you mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash you hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid sharing dishes, utensils, cups, towels and bedding
  • Frequently clean high-touch surfaces and areas

In the event that your symptoms worsen, seek medical attention. Worsening of symptoms* may include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Bluing of the lips or face

*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

If you are an essential critical infrastructure worker without symptoms, you should wear a face covering and maintain 6 feet of physical distance from those around you, as you await your COVID-19 test results.

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