FREE COVID-19 COMMUNITY TESTING EXPANDS

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Beginning Monday, November 16, additional COVID-19 testing will be available to Mesa County residents. The additional community testing will be done in partnership with Colorado Mesa University and COVIDCheck Colorado, a social benefit enterprise of Gary Community Investments. 

Due to increased demand, this secondary site will provide additional testing capacity as Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) works to expand operations at the Fairgrounds location.

Community Sampling Sites:

MESA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS:  Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Turnaround time for test results is approximately 2 days. Pre-registration recommended, information can be found here

COLORADO MESA UNIVERSITY: Open Monday – Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Turnaround time for test results is 2-4 days. Pre-registration is required, information can be found here.

While testing for COVID-19 helps control the spread of illness, the actions of individuals after testing or despite results are just as important. 

  • All individuals who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine and limit their exposure to others for a full 14 days, even if they have testing done and that testing is negative, as it may take up to two weeks for illness to emerge. 
  • While waiting for results, or if you aren’t able to get tested the day your symptoms develop, you should isolate yourself from others.
  • Anyone who gets tested because of symptoms or because of a possible exposure should be inisolation/quarantine while waiting for the test result. 
  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, wait about seven days after the date you think you were exposed before getting tested, unless you develop symptoms. Testing immediately after exposure isn’t helpful because it may be too early in the incubation period, and there isn’t enough viral material for the test to detect.

In addition to the two community sampling sites, several other locations also offer COVID-19 testing. Call your primary care physician’s office to inquire about COVID-19 testing and fees if you prefer to be tested there.

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