Drive-up testing reopens saturday at new location
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This will be a drive-up testing site for patients meeting the requirements listed below. This location will be open 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. The testing center will be able to serve the first 100-150 people in line.
After Saturday, CDPHE plans to move the drive-up testing operation from Denver to strategic locations throughout Colorado in an effort to detect cases early, identify community spread if it’s there, and launch targeted public health responses. CDPHE will post upcoming schedules and locations on our website as it becomes available.
The drive-up testing site served more than 650 Coloradans on Wednesday and Thursday, March 11 and 12. CDPHE has confirmed 10 positive cases from the first tests collected at the drive-up site on Wednesday, March 11. The CDPHE lab continues to process the tests collected from the drive-up site and is contacting each person individually to notify them of their results
Because Colorado now has the capacity for private labs to conduct testing, CDPHE encourages anyone who is symptomatic or who believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19 to call or email their physician first for guidance, obtain a doctor’s order for testing, and request information about private providers where you can get tested. Always call first before reporting to a health care facility for testing.
CDPHE and the National Guard have determined that traffic patterns, on-site staffing, and lab testing capabilities can handle a maximum of 100-150 vehicles in the drive-up queue.
• Testing at the drive-up site will take place from 10 a.m. - 2p.m. on Saturday, March 14.
• The first 100-150 vehicles in the queue will have access to the drive-up testing; all other vehicles that arrive after that will be encouraged to seek testing from a private provider. Always call ahead and speak with the health care facility in advance before going there for testing or treatment.
• If you have a medical emergency, call 911- do not report to the testing site, as it is not a care facility. If you have severe respiratory symptoms, especially shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tell the dispatcher about your symptoms. Do not wait for a COVID-19 test to call 911.
• If you are ill or suspect that you were exposed, but are not able to be immediately tested, please stay home, self-isolate, and contact your physician.
• For the safety of drive-up lab workers, hours of operation will be contingent upon safe weather. We will announce if we need to close the site due to unsafe conditions.
• Unsafe conditions include any weather that can make personal protection equipment ineffective, such as any precipitation, wind, or colder temperatures.
• While waiting for their test results, individuals should stay at home. Those who receive positive test results may be issued isolation orders. Depending on test volume, we aim to contact individuals directly with their results within 72 hours.