The best resource is the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Below is a summary of things to keep in mind.
Where can I get Tested?
Criteria for testing sites is as follows:
- Shortness of breath
- Must show a temperature of 99.6 or higher
The sites operate daily from 8am to 8pm and are located at:
- American Airlines Center, Parking Lot E, 2500 Victory Plaza, Dallas
- Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 S. Polk St., Dallas
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Much like the flu, COVID-19 causes fever, cough, body aches, fatigue, etc.; it may also cause shortness of breath.
What should I do if I feel ill?
Stay home. Call your primary care physician, and he or she will ask you questions to determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19. If you do not have insurance, please call a physician’s office or hospital, and if appropriate, you may be referred for testing. At present, the state and counties do not have resources sufficient to test people on the basis of curiosity. However, within a matter of days commercial labs will be able to provide testing on demand.
Get a free tele-health assessment here.
How do I know if I was exposed?
COVID-19 is transmitted by close contact with a person who has contract the virus, which includes:
- Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19
- Caring for a sick person with COVID-19
- Being within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for more than 10 minutes, OR
- Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19 (e.g., directly through coughing or sneezing, or indirectly through sharing utensils, contact with affected surfaces, etc.).
Mental Health Resources:
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Texans can call 833-986-1919 toll free. Learn more here.
The North Texas Behavioral Health Authority has opened a dedicated line to provide support within our community as we work through this difficult time. Individuals can contact the 24/7 COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line at, 833-251-7544 beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 at 12pm CST. Those needing support outside of the COVID-19 crisis can still contact our NTBHA 24/7 Crisis Line at, 866-260-8000. Learn more here.
The Metrocare Coronavirus Support Line is available during our normal business hours Monday through Friday for those Dallas County residents experiencing high anxiety or depression during these turbulent times. The Metrocare Coronavirus Support Line for Dallas County is 214-743-1215.
For Veterans in crisis – please call the Veterans Administration Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.