Mesa County COVID-19 Testing Process

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – If you’re interested in getting tested for Coronavirus but not sure what to expect, don’t worry, our own Shelby Bracho took the swab test herself and shared the experience.

If you think you’re at-risk or if you work in an industry that includes interaction with the public, then you may be able to get tested in Mesa County.

The Mesa County Public Health Department is hoping to test 1,500 people for COVID-19 during the month of May.

“It’s a quick drive-through process, takes less than 15 minutes,” said Public Health Clinic Manager Allison Sanchez.

The testing site is located at the Mesa County Fairgrounds and you don’t ever have to leave your car to complete the test.

“Stick it in your nose about an inch, you’re going to twist it two times and then I’ll countdown from 15,” said Abby, a nurse at the testing site.

The test consists of a self-administered nasal swab from both nostrils, then the swab is placed into the provided vile for testing.

“Those results usually come in in about 48 to 72 hours,” said Sanchez, “If anyone has concern about the cost of COVID testing, they can certainly not worry about that, the test through our sampling site is free to anyone.”

The test isn’t painful, just temporarily uncomfortable.

“It was nice that you do it yourself, but the leaving it in that spot is definitely uncomfortable, it makes your eyes water a lot, you really feel it in your sinuses,” said Bracho.

Mesa County Public Health wants to make sure that anyone who has concerns about the health of themselves, or those around them, can get tested.

Click here for more details on testing through Mesa County Public Health or call (970) 683-2300.

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