GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — State funding dried up in January causing several COVID-19 testing sites to close down, but now one site on the western slope is reopening its doors.

Free COVID-19 PCR testing will be available from March 27 to July 31 at two locations.

  • Rifle outside in the parking lot on the southeast side of the Health and Human Services Building, 195 W. 14th St.
    • Open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Carbondale outside in the parking lot on the north side of Town Hall at 511 Colorado Ave.
    • Open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

According to public health websites, COVID-19 levels remain low in Garfield, Mesa, Delta, and the majority of western slope counties.

Garfield County officials say they’ve reopened the site because funding is available and there was a need for PCR or lab-based testing. Most county health departments still offer free testing kits.

When the state funding for PCR test sites ended in January, so did our local sites. We have since found funding to bring PCR testing back to the community

Sara Brainard, Garfield County Public Health Director

Garfield officials ask individuals to wear a mask to the testing site.

Testing questions are to be directed to Garfield County Public Health. Rifle phone number: 970-625-5200, ext. 8116. Glenwood Springs phone number 970-945-6614, ext. 2030.