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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The City of Dallas and Dallas County have finalized a contract with a vendor, Honu, that will make it possible to continue drive-thru COVID-19 testing past June.

The American Airlines Center testing site will close after June 30. And the Ellis Davis Field House location will continue federally supported testing through mid-July and will transition to vendor operations once the federal support ends.

A new testing site at the University of Dallas in Irving will open July 1.

“We are moving the AAC drive-thru site to the University of Dallas on Wednesday. Dallas County Health and Human Services will supervise a private vendor with a new lab so the turnaround for results should be faster. Faster results give you the chance to make the best decisions for your health and gives our public health experts more timely information to better advise the community,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

The Ellis Davis Field House site will remain a regional site with no geographic boundaries for those being tested while it remains under federal support. The testing site at the University of Dallas will only be open to City of Dallas and Dallas County residents.

Address verification, such as a utility bill or library card is required.

“COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly in our community, and testing is a critical part of our response efforts,” Mayor Eric Johnson said. “This contract and transition plan will ensure that our residents continue to have access to testing. In addition, I also urge our residents to help stop this outbreak by taking hygiene seriously, practicing social distancing, and wearing masks when coming into contact with others.”

Testing hours and criteria will remain the same.

Both locations will be open Monday to Saturday, from 8 a.m. To 5 p.m. Each day.

Locations:

Ellis Davis Field House 9191 S Polk St., Dallas, TX 75232

University of Dallas 1845 E Northgate Dr., Lot B Irving, TX 75062

Criteria for the testing sites are as follows:

• Persons with symptoms of potential COVID-19 infection, including: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, and/or sore throat

•Anyone 65-years-old or older

•Anyone with chronic health issues (diabetes, asthma, heart issues, etc.)

•Any first responders, DART drivers, healthcare workers, grocery store and essential retail store workers

•Persons without symptoms who have been actively engaged in large group settings, such as public gatherings or congregations of people.

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins in the game at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Dallas Cowboys who says “feed me” on the field is helping feed others off of it.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is famous for his signature “feed me” celebration after rushing for first downs. But that’s not as important as the proverbial touchdown that the NFL star scored off the field.

Elliott teamed up with clothing company, CentreTX, back in April to help sell exclusive apparel, with proceeds being fully donated to North Texas Food Bank. On Wednesday, the Cowboys running back revealed that the total donation has reached $85,000, which will help feed 400,000 families in Texas this summer during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am grateful to give back to the city that’s given me so much,” said Elliott on his Instagram post on Wednesday. “I am thankful for @centretx and YOU my fans for raising enough money to help feed over 400,000 families in North Texas this summer. I hope that this money helps provide much needed relief for those that are currently challenged. I’m looking forward to teaming up with @centretx and @northtexasfoodbank in the future to keep providing meals for those in need in our communities.”

Elliott providing relief to one of the hardest hits states in the United States

In recent weeks, the state of Texas has been slammed by a surge of new COVID-19 cases. As of July 7, Texas tallied 10,028 positive contractions of the coronavirus, nearly double than the case total the day prior (5,318).

 

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I am grateful to give back to the city that’s given me so much. I am thankful for @centretx and YOU my fans for raising enough money to help feed over 400,000 families in North Texas this summer. I hope that this money helps provide much needed relief for those that are currently challenged. I’m looking forward to teaming up with @centretx and @northtexasfoodbank in the future to keep providing meals for those in need in our communities.

A post shared by Ezekiel Elliott (@ezekielelliott) on Jul 8, 2020 at 7:58am PDT


Nearly two weeks ago, it was revealed that Elliott tested positive for COVID-19. On a Twitch stream this past week, Dallas’ premier rusher revealed that he experienced shortness of breath and a cough, but stressed that he’s feeling better.

During these turbulent times around the globe, it’s great to see a top-tier athlete like Elliott help out a worthy cause.

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