Texas was among the first US states to fully reopen during the pandemic and has aligned its guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals with the CDC’s recommendations. Dallas County continues to encourage the use of masks, frequent handwashing, and social distancing to help curb the spread of the virus. Businesses and event planners can take extra precautions with onsite screenings. Here’s how you can get same day results Covid testing in Dallas to keep your doors open and your patrons and staff safe.
How testing on-site can help keep customers and employees safe
Covid testing is a preventative measure that can detect an active case of the virus before it has the chance to spread. Breaking the chain of transmission is especially important until the US reaches herd immunity – when a large enough percentage of the population is immune to a given disease, reducing the possibility of community transmission.
Testing staff or event attendees for Covid-19 before they enter your business operations can help prevent a cluster of cases. You can quickly isolate an infected individual and take steps to prevent uninfected guests or staff.
What are your Covid-19 testing options?
RT-PCR tests are the standard option available at community testing centers, drive-ins, and at many clinics. They are highly accurate because they detect genetic material belonging to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Although they are fast to administer, they require lab processing and return results within 3 business days. They are not viable for fast screenings of large groups.
That’s where rapid tests come in. These tests can provide same-day results, usually within 30 minutes or less. There are currently two rapid testing options available for businesses and events.
- Rapid antigen: A nasal swab diagnostic that detects specific proteins coating the exterior of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This test can be processed onsite in 15 minutes but has a 1 in 5 chance of returning incorrect results.
- Rapid Accula PCR: A nasal swab diagnostic that combines the accuracy of RT-PCR with the speed of rapid antigen tests. This test can be processed onsite with results available in 30 minutes.
How can I get same day results Covid testing for Dallas events and businesses?
There are two ways you can get Covid-19 testing for your event or business in Dallas.
Rapid antigen DIY kits
DIY kits can be purchased in bulk and distributed among participating staff or event attendees. The tests need to be self-administered but can return results in 15 minutes.
There are some potential drawbacks to this testing option. Even though DIY test kits were authorized by the FDA in December 2020, they are still difficult to come by. Businesses and event planners also have additional paperwork and local regulations to research and implement.
Onsite rapid Covid-19 tests
An on-site medical service is another way you can get same-day results. With this testing option, a nurse (or team of nurses) comes directly to your workplace or event venue. They will set up a pop-up testing site and screen all employees or event attendees, as well as provide guidance if someone tests positive.
Test results are available in 15 – 30 minutes, depending on which type of test you choose. An onsite medical service is versed in the necessary paperwork and local regulations so that you don’t have to deal with these hassles yourself.
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Drip Hydration Can Help Keep Your Event or Workspace Covid-Free
Drip Hydration is an onsite medical service providing same day results Covid testing for Dallas businesses and events. We offer progressive group discounts and can screen your employees, guests, and/or vendors for Covid-19 in compliance with local regulations.
We’re ready to help keep Covid-19 out of your workplace or event. We work with you to develop a testing plan that is right for one-time or ongoing testing needs. Give us a call or click the button below for a consultation.