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COVID-19 Testing

We encourage anyone who has symptoms or believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19 to:

  • Call or email a health care provider first. If the provider recommends you get testing or care, follow the provider’s advice BEFORE going into any health facility. Ask your provider about private lab sites where you can get tested.
  • Do not go to an emergency room to get a test for COVID-19 unless you are having a medical emergency. For COVID-19, that means severe respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or breathing difficulties.
  • Do call 911 or go to an emergency room if you are having a medical emergency. Tell the dispatcher your symptoms.

Do you need a test?

Whether or not you are diagnosed with COVID-19, if you don’t need to be hospitalized, your treatment will be the same, no matter the test result. Ideally, everyone who wanted a test would be able to get one, but right now, that is not possible.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), consider a telehealth visit or nurseline advice before seeking in-person care. Ask your primary care provider if they offer telehealth visits, or call one of Colorado’s nurselines.

Banner Health Testing

Banner Health is offering drive-thru testing sites for Banner patients experiencing non-life-threatening symptoms. You must wear a mask and bring your health insurance card to your appointment. 

  • When: You must have an appointment to be tested. Call 1 (844) 549-1856 to schedule an appointment. Phone lines are open from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Where:  Banner North Colorado Emergency Care Parking Lot, 2000 70th Ave., Greeley, CO 80634

Many Banner clinics also are offering testing. If you are a Banner patient, you should check with your provider.

Salud Community Testing

Salud is offering COVID-19 testing to anyone in the community; you do not need to be a Salud patient. Your COVID supplies and test results are free. Your insurance company may be billed for the provider time to assess your health and/or obtain the specimen during your drive through visit today. No co-pay will be collected. Testing is available from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the following clinics: 

Salud COVID-19 Testing Sites

Testing is also available for existing patients at Salud clinics in Brighton, Fort Collins, Fort Morgan, and Longmont. You must have a phone visit prior to being scheduled fro testing at one of those sites. Call (303) 697-2583 to schedule an appointment. 

Good Day Pharmacy offering free COVID-19 testing

Good Day Pharmacy in Greeley is participating as a collection site in partnership with eTrueNorth, a contractor of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Testing services for patients meeting eligibility requirements are now available. Tests will be provided at no cost to eligible patients at this time. 

Testing site information: 

  • Where: Greeley Medical Clinic, 1900 16th St., Greeley, CO 80631, west side parking lot
  • When:  Available Monday-Friday. This wave of testing will run at least through the end of August.
  • Appointment required: Go to www.doineedaCOVID19test.com or call 1(800) 635-8611 and complete the assessment to determine eligibility.
    • If eligible, the patient will select a time on the website for a test and be issued a test voucher.
  • During the visit, the patient will present the voucher and ID to receive a test kit and guidance to self-administer (for contact-free testing) a nasal swab under supervision of a team member. After collecting the sample, the patient will place it in a collection bin for shipment to a lab.
  • Results will be available to the patient in 3-5 days through the eTrueNorth portal.
  • Full details will be provided to the patient at the time of testing.

Walmart providing self-swab drive-thru testing in Greeley

Beginning May 22, a no-cost COVID-19 drive-thru testing site will be open three days a week in the 23rd Avenue Walmart parking lot. Tests will be self-swab nasal tests. You must make an appointment and bring your test voucher with you to the testing site.

Testing site information:

Testing follows CDC Guidelines to determine eligibility. Currently eligible:

  • Health care workers and first responders
  • Other individuals with symptoms
  • Other individuals without symptoms, in accordance with state and local plans and for public health monitoring

UCHealth, Aims partner to provide testing

UCHealth is teaming up with Aims Community College to operate a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Aims Community College’s Greeley campus. Individuals must have an order for testing written by a health care provider before testing can be conducted. They also must meet one of the following criteria for testing: someone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, health care worker; first responder; emergency personnel; immunocompromised person; or someone without symptoms who has been exposed within 14 days or who has been ordered to be tested by a state or local health department or physician.

The testing site is open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Patients should enter the Aims campus at the 16th Street entrance off 47th Avenue and follow signage. Please bring a photo ID.

Testing through Kaiser Permanente (open to symptomatic health care workers and first responders ONLY)

CDPHE is currently partnering with Kaiser Permanente to help provide COVID-19 testing to symptomatic health care workers and first responders ONLY, including those who are not Kaiser members, who do not have access to testing through their employer. Kaiser Permanente is also testing non-members referred by CDPHE who have been deemed essential to public welfare. Testing is available at eight locations between Loveland and Pueblo.

For non-members: To schedule an appointment, contact CDPHE at (303) 692-2700 and ask to speak with a clinical consultant about Kaiser testing. Once approved by CDPHE, you will be able to schedule an appointment at one of Kaiser's testing tents if appointment slots are available.

For members experiencing COVID-19 symptoms: Go to kp.org/coronavirus or call the 24/7 advice line at (303) 338-4545 or 1(800) 218-1059 (TTY 711). 

Tests are run at the CDPHE laboratory and results will be reported out by CDPHE directly to the patient.

Testing through private providers (open to symptomatic members of the general public)

Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine has indicated they are able to provide COVID-19 testing to members of the general public who have symptoms.

People who wish to be tested have to go through a screening to ensure they qualify for tests based on symptom and exposure screening questions.

For more information, please contact Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine directly at (303) 558-0509. Because they are a private provider and not operated by the State of Colorado, neither the State, CDPHE, nor Weld County is responsible for the information about or operations of these testing sites.

Why be tested for COVID-19?

  • For people whose symptoms are severe enough to need medical treatment in a hospital, a positive or negative test result is important. The diagnosis helps the hospital decide what interventions the patient needs and where they should be assigned to stay in the hospital.
  • A number of Colorado hospitals either can or soon will be able to test for and diagnose COVID-19 in-house, without having to wait for results from the state or a private lab.

Some people may not need to be tested for COVID-19

  • People with early, mild symptoms (might include a combination of cough, body aches, fatigue, and chest tightness, with or without fever): Self-isolate, and use over-the-counter medications to treat your symptoms — like you would for a cold or other respiratory illness.
  • People with more definite COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath): Self-isolate, use over-the-counter medications, and, if you think you need medical advice, consider a telehealth visit or nurseline advice before seeking in-person care.

Letters for work must come from your doctor. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment does not have, and cannot provide, you with a letter clearing you to go back to work. If you had symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you should isolate yourself for 7 days after symptoms started, and continue isolating yourself until you are fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medications) for 3 days. Public health is not requiring people to have a negative test to return to work. If your employer is requiring this, you may want to contact your doctor, or another health care provider, or direct your employer to this website.

Call 911 for:

  • Symptoms of 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:

  • Information about COVID-19
  • A ride to the doctor's office
  • COVID-19 testing
  • Mild symptoms