GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Starting Tuesday, October 19, the community COVID-19 testing site, located at the Mesa County Fairgrounds (2785 US-50, Grand Junction), will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m, Tuesday through Friday. Saturday hours will now be available from 9 a.m. to noon.
The fairgrounds location provides shelter from rain and snow, ensuring our residents and staff stay warm during the winter months. The larger fairground facilities also allow us to expand hours and offer more tests per day if needed.
Mesa County continues to see elevated levels of COVID-19 transmission and cases, which has steadily increased testing demand in recent months. If testing demand continues to grow, the fairgrounds location can easily expand operations.
Pre-registration is required. MCPH continues to use an outside lab to process results. A nasal swab PCR test is offered at this site, with results guaranteed in four days. Oftentimes, results are delivered more quickly, but the samples are flown to a lab outside Colorado each night, and transit times can vary. Information about how to register can be found on our website. There are no identification or insurance requirements, and there is no cost.
People with symptoms should always get tested immediately. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
All Mesa County residents are asked to stay home and not go to work, child care, public places, or gatherings if they have symptoms of any kind, even if they are vaccinated. If you have symptoms, even if they seem mild, please get a COVID-19 test.
Since MCPH started offering community testing in March 2020, more than 101,000 individuals have been tested for COVID-19. In the past month, an average of 8,000 tests were administered each week. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, MCPH remains committed to providing testing to all.
Testing is one of several tools that can help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In addition to testing, MCPH continues to urge residents to use a layered approach to protect against the virus and utilize strategies such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and frequent hand washing, regardless of vaccination status. COVID-19 vaccines offer the greatest protection against severe outcomes, including hospitalization and death.
COVID-19 testing is available at other sites across Mesa County as well. A full list of testing locations can be found at health.mesacounty.us.