Drive-Through COVID-19 Sampling SIte Moves Back to MCPH

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — In recent months, Mesa County has seen a decline in COVID-19 cases, and reduced demand for testing. 

With fewer COVID-19 tests at the Community Sampling Site at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, the drive-through testing location will move back to the Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) parking lot on Monday, April 6. This is the location the site originally operated from as one of the first drive-through sampling sites in Colorado.

Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing:

  • Last Day at Fairgrounds: Saturday, April 3
  • Opening Date for MCPH Drive-Through: Tuesday, April 6
  • New Location: Mesa County Health and Human Services Building parking lot, 510 29 1/2 Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81504
  • Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 8 am-2 pm
  • No appointment needed, pre-register online

The expanded fairgrounds location served as a regional testing hub collecting thousands of samples each week. On November 17, 2020, a record 1,457 samples were collected. Demand for testing has reduced significantly in recent weeks. An average of 200 samples a day are now collected community-wide.

The large-scale community sampling site was vital in slowing the spread of COVID-19 during peak transmission. Now, with illness levels reduced, numerous other testing options (including rapid at home test kits for teachers and restaurant workers), and a safe and effective vaccine available to the general public, reducing the size and scope of the testing site makes sense. 

Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms or those who have been exposed to the virus are encouraged to get a free COVID-19 test. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea.

Visit the Mesa County Public Health website for hours and locations of several community testing sites or call your healthcare provider.

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