Story updated June 24, 2020
Texas Christian University, in partnership with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and Tarrant County Public Health, will offer free, voluntary COVID-19 testing to TCU students and employees from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 22, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, June 23-26, in the Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center located at 2820 Stadium Dr. on the TCU campus.
Testing sites are offered in cities and to various organizations to help benchmark coronavirus cases in the community and help stop the spread of the COVID-19. The site is a Texas National Guard mobile coronavirus testing site, managed by the Texas Division of Emergency Management and in collaboration with Tarrant County Public Health.
Walk ins are welcome, but community members may schedule a time in advance by registering. Register here. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and is not limited to TCU community members.
Participants need not be symptomatic to receive testing, although they will be asked to report symptoms when registering online. Testing is free and insurance is not required. Once registered online, participants will receive a call back from testing administrators to confirm their testing date and time.
TCU staff will be on site to support students and employees.
Important information for participants
Participants must bring their driver’s license and will be required to wear a face covering. Participants are encouraged to wear their own face covering, but if they do not have one, a disposable face covering will be provided.
Testing will take place indoors due to the heat. Participants may be asked to wait in their car to allow for physical distancing.
Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center
2820 Stadium Dr.
Parking: Lot 6
Monday, June 22: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday, June 23-26: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Participants will receive information at the testing site on how to retrieve test results. Typically, results are available two to four days after testing. If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, please stay home and call your health care provider, followed by calling the TCU COVID-19 Reporting Hotline at 817-257-2684 for care and assistance. This also will initiate follow-up from TCU Care Coordinators and contact tracing.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- If I’m a student from out of state but living in Fort Worth for the summer, which address should I use to sign up?
Students must provide their LOCAL address when they register, not their permanent address.
- Where should I park?
Anyone coming to be tested should park in Lot 6, the Kelly Center Lot. There will be a tent with National Guard and one with a TCU police officer at the entrance who will provide direction.
- Do I need to bring anything with me as walk in?
Those being tested should have their appointment confirmation text pulled up on their phones to show those at the entrance. You also need your driver’s license and to wear a face covering. A disposable mask will be provided if you do not have one.
- How will they keep the testing site safe?
A maximum of 40 people, including the testing staff, will be allowed in the ballroom at any one time to ensure physical distancing.
TCU Facilities will e-mist each night, and tables and chairs will be cleaned.
- Where do I go when I get there?
You will enter in the back of the Kelly Center near the ballrooms, and participants will enter the ballroom on the left (west) side. There will be cones to advise where to stand for physical distancing. After the testing, participants will exit on the far right (east) side onto the patio and go down the ramp toward the parking lot.
- I’m a TCU employee. How will I get my test results?
Individuals will get their test results in adherence to the process provided by state testing administrators. Employee test results will NOT be given to TCU. Tarrant County Public Health will get results for TCU employees, and they will conduct contact tracing with employees who have tested positive. TCU employees who test positive are asked to self-report on the TCU COVID-19 Self-Report hotline – 817-257-2684 so the university can determine if any additional measures (cleaning and disinfecting) are needed.
- If I’m a student, how will I get my test results?
Individuals will get their test results in adherence to the process provided by state testing administrators. Student test results WILL be sent to the TCU Health Center for contact tracing and follow up for care and assistance. TCU students who test positive also are asked to self-report on the TCU COVID-19 Self-Report hotline – 817-257-2684.
- Can I get the antibody test at the testing site?
No, this testing site is only for viral testing for COVID-19. Anyone interested in antibody tests should contact their primary care physician.
- Can my spouse or friend sign up?
Yes, as long as they live locally. Testing is free for the community.