COVID-19 Testing

Testing Locations

Testing locations in Weld County include but may not be limited to:

Free Testing Sites

University of Northern Colorado

A free community testing site is open on the University of Northern Colorado campus in the Bishop Lehr Hall. The test is a nasal swab, and results are available four days after testing.

This community testing site allows drive-up and walk-up testing for anyone who wants to get tested. Online pre-registration is not required but is encouraged to help reduce wait time.

Testing site information:

  • When: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., seven days a week
  • Where: Bishop Lehr Hall, 1348 20th St., Greeley, CO 80631. The building is located to the southwest of the 11th Avenue and 20th Street intersection. Enter off 20th Street driving east.   

Affinity eCare

CDPHE is partnering with Affinity eCare and Eurofins VRL to provide free COVID-19 testing services to residents and schools with no insurance required. Online pre-registration is available, as is on-site registration. There are several static testing sites in Weld County: 

Aims Community College

Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available at Aims Community College for students, employees, families, and community members. Walk-ins are welcome, but online pre-registration is highly encouraged. No identification or insurance is required.

  • Where: Aims Community College Greeley Campus, Parking Lot P, Academy Road and College Drive
  • When: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Saturday


Other Testing Sites

Walgreens

Walgreens is offering COVID-19 testing for patients age 3 and up at several Weld County locations. Available tests include the ID NOW Rapid Diagnostic Test, BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Test, and a diagnostic PCR lab test. You can schedule your appointment online.   

King Soopers

King Soopers offers several COVID-19 testing options through its pharmacies and Little Clinics. Go to the King Soopers website to see all options and their associated availabilities and costs. Appointments are required.  

Good Day Pharmacy - Greeley

Good Day Pharmacy in Greeley is now offering only rapid COVID-19 tests. Tests are $100 and provide same-day results. Patients must complete an eligibility assessment and schedule an appointment online. Do not call the pharmacy to schedule an appointment. The Good Day Pharmacy in Greeley is located at 2000 16th Street, and testing takes place in the vacant west side parking lot. Call (970) 576-3178 when you arrive and stay in your vehicle; an employee will come out to you.    

UCHealth - Longmont

UCHealth offers the nasal swab PCR COVID-19 test to anyone who would like a test. Nasal swab tests are $85. Many insurance providers cover COVID-19 testing. Patients should check with their insurance for details. UCHealth COVID-19 testing sites require all patients have an appointment.    

Drive-thru only testing site in Longmont: 

  • When: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday
  • Where: UCHealth Laboratory, 2101 Main Street, Longmont, CO 80501. Located in the north parking lot of UCHealth Urgent Care.
  • What: COVID-19 testing for all ages   

NextCare Urgent Care

NextCare Urgent Care has available at its Greeley and Longmont locations several COVID-19 testing options. Patients presenting COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to use curbside services or designated alternative entrances. If you are not presenting viral or COVID-19 symptoms, you will be asked to come into the clinic. To access curbside care, NextCare requests you contact the clinic before visiting. NextCare also recommends all patients book a time online to help reduce wait time, but walk-ins are accepted.

Greeley testing site information:

  • When: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday - Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday - Sunday
  • Where: NextCare Urgent Care, 1011 39th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634
  • What: Curbside care, PCR testing, antibody testing

Longmont testing site information:

  • When: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday - Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday - Sunday
  • Where: NextCare Urgent Care, 2144 Main Street #8, Longmont, CO 80501
  • What: Curbside care, rapid testing, antibody testing   

Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine

Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine can provide COVID-19 testing to members of the general public. There are three tests to choose from depending on where you go for testing: lab-based PCR, rapid molecular, and rapid antigen. 

Both types of rapid tests are available to anyone and do not require a prior telehealth visit. Same-day appointments are available, and results also come back the same day. Schedule a rapid test online. Rapid antigen tests are $95. Rapid molecular tests are $125. Rapid tests are self-pay; no insurance accepted. Payment is due at the time of service.  

The lab-based PCR test is available only through an in-clinic urgent care visit or a telehealth visit and is generally covered under insurance. Schedule a telehealth appointment online or call (303) 558-0509. Telehealth visits are available 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.   

Infusion Health Healthcare

Infusion Health Healthcare offers 3 types of COVID-19 testing: Rapid PCR testing onsite, rapid mobile testing, and rapid curbside testing. Cost ranges from $99 to $125. Same-day appointments are available. Book an appointment online. Infusion Health Healthcare is located at 1228 8th St., Greeley, CO 80631.


Selected Provider Sites

Banner Health

If you are concerned you might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms such as fever or dry cough, please contact your primary care provider.   

Kaiser Permanente

If you are a Kaiser member and need information on how to receive a diagnostic or antibody test for COVID-19, go to the Kaiser COVID-19 testing webpage.   

Rapid Testing Options

For Individuals

Colorado is distributing free rapid COVID-19 over-the-counter (OTC) self tests directly to people’s homes through its Rapid At-Home testing program. The program uses Abbott BinaxNOW™ rapid antigen tests that show results within 15 minutes. This program has been specifically designed to provide parents, guardians, and caregivers some peace of mind by making it easy to test their children and help keep schools open, but all Coloradans can sign up for the Rapid At-Home COVID-19 testing program. Each order includes four tests, which you can use to test yourself or your children. If you are interested in receiving multiple kits, you will need to reorder tests. Tests do not automatically ship on a recurring basis. Enroll now or learn more about testing at home from CDPHE.

For questions and assistance from CDPHE for COVID-19 testing, email cdphe_covidtesting@state.co.us.

Note: Over-the-counter test results may not be accepted as proof of negative results for some situations (travel, return to learn, employer mandated testing, etc.). Please review the specific guidance from the entity requiring testing in advance.  

For School Administrators

CDPHE is providing all K-12 Colorado schools (public, private, charter, and tribal) with a FREE and voluntary schoolwide COVID-19 screening testing program for the 2021-22 school year. The weekly rapid antigen testing will be available to all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status or presence of symptoms. The program will provide all necessary resources, including staff, for schools to implement the weekly schoolwide testing. Learn more about testing for schools and/or enroll in the program online. 

For anyone under the age of 18, parental consent must be on file in order for testing to be performed. This program will help manage the consent process for schools. Please note that only schools may apply for this program; parents may not individually sign up their child(ren) to be part of the program for schools.

For questions and assistance from CDPHE for COVID-19 testing, email cdphe_covidtesting@state.co.us.

Note: Over-the-counter test results may not be accepted as proof of negative results for some situations (travel, return to learn, etc.). Please review the specific guidance from the entity requiring testing in advance. 

For Businesses and Organizations

Businesses and other organizations can utilize the state's Rapid At-Home testing program  to get tests for their employees. The program uses Abbott BinaxNOW™ rapid antigen tests that show results within 15 minutes. Enroll your business or learn more about testing for business and organizations from CDPHE.

The state's Rapid Response Team also is available to be deployed to sites to complete COVID-19 testing for staff and/or residents. Fill out the Rapid Response Interest Form to access that assistance from CDPHE.

For questions and assistance from CDPHE for COVID-19 testing, email cdphe_covidtesting@state.co.us.

Note: Over-the-counter test results may not be accepted as proof of negative results for some situations (travel, employer mandated testing, etc.). Please review the specific guidance from the entity requiring testing in advance. 

Rapid Test FAQs

NOTE: Negative OTC test results cannot be used for shortened quarantine and/or return to learn. 

Do I need to get a COVID-19 test if I have been fully vaccinated?

Yes, even if you are fully vaccinated you should get a COVID-19 test if you are symptomatic or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Do I need to report my over-the-counter (OTC) test results to anyone? 

Yes, you must report your OTC results (positive or negative) to Public Health. You can report online.

What do I do if my OTC results are POSITIVE? 

A POSITIVE result means the virus was detected in your specimen submitted for testing. If your test result is POSITIVE, please tell your health care provider right away so they can help you interpret results and determine next steps. A POSITIVE result for a symptomatic person may need to be confirmed with a PCR test if the person has a low risk of infection (low community transmission, no known exposure to an infected person, fully vaccinated, or had COVID-19 within the past 3 months).

What do I do if my results are NEGATIVE? 

A NEGATIVE result means the virus was NOT detected in your specimen submitted for testing. A NEGATIVE result for a symptomatic person should be confirmed with a PCR test but may not be needed if the person has a low risk of infection (low community transmission, no known exposure to an infected person, fully vaccinated, or had COVID-19 within the past 3 months). Please talk with your health care provider if you need help interpreting results or determining next steps.

What if I have symptoms and my OTC test is NEGATIVE and my PCR test is POSITIVE?

It is very likely that you are POSITIVE for COVID-19. Please talk with you health care provider right away. You should follow CDC’s guidance for isolation.

What if I have symptoms and my OTC test is NEGATIVE and my PCR test is NEGATIVE? 

Follow CDC’s guidance for quarantine only if you have had close contact or suspected exposure to a person with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

What if I have symptoms and my OTC test is POSITIVE and my PCR test is NEGATIVE?

It is very likely you are POSITIVE for COVID-19. Please talk with your health care provider. You should follow CDC’s guidance for isolation.  

What if I do NOT have symptoms and my OTC test is POSITIVE and my PCR test is POSITIVE? 

It is very likely you are POSITIVE for COVID-19. Please talk with you health care provider right away and follow CDC’s guidance for isolation.

What if I do NOT have symptoms and my OTC test is NEGATIVE?

It is very likely you are NEGATIVE for COVID-19. A person without symptoms who has received a NEGATIVE result should follow CDC’s guidance for quarantine only if they have had close contact or suspected exposure to a person with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

Do You Need a Test?

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

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

Anyone with symptoms should get tested as soon as possible, stay away from others, and follow the instructions on how to isolate.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, wait until at least 5 days have passed since the date you think you were last exposed before getting tested, unless you develop symptoms. Follow the instructions on how to quarantine after exposure to prevent further transmission. 

  • 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.
  • Some people may not become ill for up to 14 days. For that reason, people who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, even if they test negative before the full two weeks have passed.
  • Quarantining for a full two weeks is recommended if you have close contact with high-risk individuals or live or work in a congregate setting.
  • If you do not develop symptoms, there are options to shorten your quarantine period using a combination of symptom monitoring and testing if you do not have contact with high risk individuals.
  • If your test is positive, begin isolation for 10 days. 

 Do not go to an emergency room or call 911 unless you are having a medical emergency.

  • Call 911 or go to an emergency room for:
    • Symptoms of a heart attack or stroke
    • Difficulty breathing or choking
    • Difficulty speaking, walking, or seeing
    • An allergic reaction
    • Confusion, dizziness, or disorientation
    • Sudden, severe pain
  • Do not call 911 for:
    • A ride to the doctor's office
    • COVID-19 testing
    • Mild symptoms
    • Information about COVID-19

Types of Testing

Molecular-Based (PCR) Testing

A molecular amplification test detects genetic material from a specific virus in patient samples. Most molecular tests for COVID-19 are called PCR tests; however, there are a few other molecular tests that are not called PCR. PCR is currently the best way to test for current infection with COVID-19. PCR molecular tests are processed in a lab and can take several days to return results. While this test detects current or recent infection from COVID-19, it is not useful in determining past exposure in fully recovered patients.

Antigen Testing

An antigenic test can quickly detect fragments of proteins found on or within the virus that causes COVID-19. The test is similar to a rapid flu test and is usually performed at the point-of-care by collecting a sample from the nasal cavity using a swab. Most antigen tests return results in approximately 15 minutes. While antigen tests can be less expensive and offer fast results, they are not as sensitive as PCR tests. This means a PCR test may be needed to confirm a test result in some situations.

Antibody (Serological) Testing

A serological test is a blood test that looks for antibodies in your blood. It can detect the body's immune response to the infection caused by the virus, rather than detecting the virus itself. While these tests can detect previous exposure to COVID-19, they cannot reliably determine if a patient is currently infected and able to spread the virus to others. A serologic test does not replace a viral test and should not be used to establish the presence or absence of a COVID-19 infection.  The CDC does not currently recommend using antibody testing to assess for immunity to COVID-19 following COVID-19 vaccination or to assess the need for vaccination in an unvaccinated person.