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 PCR 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.   

COVID.gov At-Home Rapid Tests

The federal government  has the ability to send 3 orders of free at-home COVID-19 tests to every home in the U.S. The tests are rapid antigen tests that can be taken anywhere and give results within 30 minutes (no lab drop-off required). Order your free tests at COVIDtests.gov. Each order includes 8 free at-home tests per residential address.

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.

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 4239 CenterPlace Drive, Unit 1D. Call (970) 576-3178 when you arrive and stay in your vehicle; an employee will come out to you.    

Flatirons Family Pharmacy - Longmont

Flatirons Family Pharmacy in Longmont has 4 testing options available: rapid PCR, rapid antigen, antibody, and flu/COVID-19 rapid antigen. Prices vary by test type. Please make sure you select the right test for your needs when you schedule an appointment. Appointments can be scheduled online or by texting (970) 601-4263

Where: 603 Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont, CO 80501
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - 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 COVID-19 testing and antibody testing. NextCare 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 four tests to choose from depending on where you go for testing: lab-based PCR, rapid 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 PCR tests are $225. 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.   

NOCO 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 1130 38th Avenue, Unit A, 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. Banner has decided to only use PCR testing for its patients. 

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

The federal government  has the ability to send 3 orders of free at-home COVID-19 tests to every home in the U.S. The tests are rapid antigen tests that can be taken anywhere and give results within 30 minutes (no lab drop-off required). Order your free tests at COVIDtests.gov. Each order includes 8 free at-home tests per residential address.

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 FREE and voluntary schoolwide COVID-19 testing options for the 2021-22 school year. Schools may choose to participate in any or all program options.

The COVID-19 Screening Testing Program offers weekly voluntary in-school rapid antigen tests for students and school staff. The Test to Know Program offers in-school point-of-care (POC) testing and at-home over-the-counter (OTC) testing. Students younger than the age of 18 are required to have parental or guardian consent on file for any testing performed on-site.

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

 

For Businesses and Organizations

The CDPHE Rapid Test Ordering Portal can be used by a variety of organizations to order free rapid antigen testing kits from the state.

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 until you get your test results. If your test is positive, follow the instructions on how to isolate

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