COVID-19 Facts & Resources

Important information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Texas Department of State Health Services.  

Testing Information

A test-based strategy to discontinue isolation is no longer recommended and could result in prolonged work exclusion in those who continue to shed detectable SARS-CoV-2 RNA but are no longer infectious.  

 Duration of isolation and precautions 

    • For most persons with COVID-19 illness, isolation and precautions can generally be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms. 
    • For persons who never develop symptoms, isolation and other precautions can be discontinued 10 days after the date of their first positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA.

Role of PCR testing after discontinuation of isolation or precautions 

    • For persons previously diagnosed with symptomatic COVID-19 who remain asymptomatic after recovery, retesting is not recommended within 3 months after the date of symptom onset for the initial COVID-19 infection.

 For more information, see: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/duration-isolation.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcommunity%2Fstrategy-discontinue-isolation.html


For testing sites available in North Texas, please check the State Health Services website for a location map and other important information. For questions and concerns about testing in Garland, please email the Garland Public Health Clinic.

COVID-19 Testing Available For Garland Residents

COVID-19 testing is available at First Family Health Care, 2201 Forest Lane (see hours below) to Garland residents at no charge through the end of September. This test is to determine if you currently have COVID-19 and is not the antibody test. Appointments are required.

To be eligible for these tests, you must:

  • Be a resident of Garland and provide proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or other ID with Garland address, a Garland utility bill, or other documentation with a Garland address
  • Be age 2 or older
  • Submit a completed Garland Resident COVID-19 Test Form (also available at the test site) En Espanol
    • First Family Health Care, 2201 Forest Lane
      Hours: Monday through Friday 8 to 11 a.m., 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday 8 to 11 a.m. Drive-through, no appointment necessary, call 972-276-6822 for information

Parkland expands COVID-19 testing to more of its community-based clinics at no cost:

Garland Health Center, 802 Hopkins Street, Garland, TX 75040

Additional Parkland testing sites are listed at www.parklandhospital.com/COVID19testing or www.parklandhospital.com/espanol/PruebasDeCOVID19.

Testing from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

If no internet, call patient line at 214-590-8060 to be screened and set appointment

Must be a Parkland patient and meet minimum criteria

No cost

Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care, 6520 N. President George Bush Hwy, Suite 100, Garland, 75044

  • Testing children and adults up to age 65
  • Rapid and PCR tests available
  • Open seven days a week
  • Check their website for more information or call 972-532-9967

CVS Pharmacy, 3034 S. First St. Garland
CVS Pharmacy:  5702 Lavon Dr., Garland, TX  75040 

  • Appointments are required. 
  • Visit the CVS online portal to register and get additional details. 
  • No out-of-pocket cost with most insurance or Federal programs for uninsured.

Urgent Care For Kids: 7150 President George Bush Pkwy

  • Drive-thru but must have a doctor’s order – obtained through Virtualcarekids.com (telemedicine appointment)
  • Test any age, over 21 must do a virtual appointment
  • M-F 3 – 9 p.m.; Sat & Sun 9 a.m  – 5 p.m.
  • Call 214-919-3170 for costs and other details.


MD Family Clinic – 2636 W. Walnut St. Garland, TX 75040 (Walnut/Shiloh)

  • Drive-thru
  • By Appointment only – call or text for screening and appointment - 888-776-5252
  • Case by case dependent on symptoms (age 2 and older)
  • Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. 
  • Co-pays waived, major insurance accepted, Medicaid/CHIP and Medicare accepted.

Exceptional Urgent Care: 4555 W. Walnut St., Garland, TX 75042 

  • Appointment required
  • PCR, rapid and antibody testing available
  • Call 469-638-8060 for more information

Walmart:  5302 N. Garland Ave, Garland, TX  75040

CareNow: 5106 N. George Bush Turnpike, 75040

  • Appointment required
  • Testing 65+ with underlying conditions and those with symptoms only
  • Call 972-530-1900 for more information
  • Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Drive Through Testing Locations

  • The Ellis Davis Field House, which is at 9191 South Polk Streetin Dallas.
    • No criteria or cost
    • Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or while supplies last)
  • Eastfield Campus - Dallas College, 3737 Motley Dr. Mesquite
    • No criteria or cost
    • Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or while supplies last)

Additional information is available on the Dallas County website.

For testing sites available in North Texas, please check the State Health Services website for a location map and other important information.

COVID-19 Facts

Basic Disease Information

FAQs for Pet Owners

CDC Guidance Regarding Pets & COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions - CDC

Informational Resources (posters, videos, etc.)

How to Prevent the Spread of Contagious Disease (pdf)

Spanish version (pdf)

Vietnamese version (pdf)

 Mitigation Strategies for the Community

Other Resources

New Suicide Prevention Resource - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules to establish 988 as the new, nationwide, 3-digit phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors. Read the full FCC news release for details.

The American Red Cross has activated a Virtual Family Assistance Center for anyone who lost a loved one due to COVID-19.

211 Texas has activated a COVID-19 option within the 211 platform. 211 specialists across the state are available 24/7 to answer the most frequently asked questions. Visit www.211Texas.org.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has launched a statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress, or other emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource offers support for all Texans and can be reached any time day or night at 833-986-1919. More information on mental health resources and your local metal health authority can be found on HHSC’s website.

The Counseling Institute of Texas is offering grants for individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. Call 972-271-4300 or visit their website for details.