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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.

Antibody testing

The Food and Drug Administration has not authorized antibody testing to diagnose COVID-19, and the CDC does not currently recommend using antibody testing for diagnosis of any infection. In certain situations, antibody tests may be used in conjunction with viral detection tests to support clinical assessment of persons who present late in their illnesses. In addition, if a person is suspected of having a post-infectious syndrome caused by COVID-19 (e.g., Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children or MIS-C), antibody tests may be used to determine prior infection. Antibody tests for COVID-19 can play an important role in surveillance and epidemiologic studies, which can provide insights into the transmission dynamic of the virus among the general population. Unlike direct viral detection methods that can detect currently infected persons, antibody tests help determine whether the individual being tested was previously infected, even if that person never showed symptoms.

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.

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.

Testing locations

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

Banner Health

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.

UCHealth

UCHealth will open a new drive-thru specimen-collection center Nov. 9 at The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland. With this, UCHealth will close the drive-through center at Medical Center of the Rockies at 2 p.m. Nov. 8.

New testing site information: 

  • When: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
  • Where: The Ranch Events Complex, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO 80538. Patients should enter The Ranch via the north entrance off Fairgrounds Avenue and follow signs to the testing area.

The criteria for UCHealth testing has recently been updated. Currently eligible: 

  • Tests are only available at this time for people with a provider’s order (for example, a required test for a scheduled surgery) or who are experiencing symptoms including fever, shortness of breath or new cough. All patients who want to be tested at a UCHealth testing site must have an order for testing or an appointment before they arrive at the testing site. Those who do not have an appointment or order will have to return to the site after they are able to obtain one.
    • Exceptions: Health care workers can get tested at all of UCHealth’s drive-through centers and firefighters can be tested at the new center at The Ranch.

Make an appointment and/or find a testing location:

  • Those with symptoms should go to the UCHealth website or their My Health Connection app if they have an account.
  • In northern Colorado, UCHealth has drive-through specimen collection sites in Estes Park, Fort Collins, Loveland and Longmont. 

Nasal swab tests are $85. Many insurance providers cover COVID-19 testing. Patients should check with their insurance for details. Antibody blood tests also are available for $100.

Salud Community Health

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-thru visit. No co-pay will be collected. Testing is available from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the following clinics: 

LOCATION  DAYS OPEN FOR TESTING
Aurora: 562 Sable Boulevard, Suite 100 Monday and Tuesday
Brighton: 1860 Egbert Street Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Commerce City: 6255 Quebec Parkway Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estes Park: 1950 Redtail Hawk Drive Tuesday and Thursday
Fort Collins: 1830 Laporte Avenue Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Fort Lupton: 1115 2nd Street Tuesday and Thursday
Frederick: 5995 Iris Parkway Tuesday and Friday
Longmont: 220 East Rogers Road Monday through Friday
Sterling: 1410 South 7th Avenue  Tuesday and Thursday


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 for testing at one of those sites. Call (303) 697-2583 to schedule an appointment.

University of Northern Colorado 

The State of Colorado has partnered with a company called Curative to set up a COVID-19 Testing Kiosk on the University of Northern Colorado campus that provides free, self-administered saliva-based PCR tests. Patients will cough first, releasing the virus from the upper and lower respiratory tract. The virus is caught in the saliva, and then the patient will swab the inside of their cheeks and the roof of their mouths. Once complete, the patient will seal their test in a secure container and return it to a medical professional inside the sealed, secure booth. Patients should expect to receive test results within 48 hours via text or email.

Testing site information: 

  • When: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Mondays - Saturdays
  • Where: Nottingham Field at the University of Northern Colorado, 1410 20th Street, Greeley, CO 80631

The testing kiosk in Greeley is a prototype and is quick, easy, and free for all students and staff, as well as the surrounding Greeley community. Walk-ups are welcome, but Coloradans can sign up ahead of time online:

NextCare Urgent Care

NextCare Urgent Care has available at its Greeley and Longmont locations curbside testing, rapid testing, and antibody testing. Patients presenting COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to use curbside services. 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 at www.nextcare.com to help reduce wait time.

Greeley testing site information:

  • When: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Mondays – Fridays; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturdays - Sundays
  • Where: NextCare Urgent Care, 1011 39th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634

Longmont testing site information:

  • When: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Mondays - Fridays; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturdays – Sundays
  • Where: NextCare Urgent Care, 2144 Main Street #8, Longmont, CO 80501

Walmart

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

Good Day Pharmacy

Good Day Pharmacy in Greeley is now offering rapid COVID-19 antigen tests. Tests are $100 and provide same-day results. A confirmatory PCR test may be recommended if a patient presents with symptoms and has a negative rapid COVID test result due to a possible false-negative result. If testing is needed because of exposure to someone who is a confirmed COVID-positive patient, wait 5 days from the date of exposure before getting tested to avoid false-negative results. 

Testing site information: 

  • Where: Greeley Medical Clinic, 2000 16th St., Greeley, CO 80631, west side parking lot near the green tent
  • When: Various days throughout the week 
  • Appointment required: Go to www.gooddaypharmacy.com to complete an eligibility assessment and schedule an appointment. Tests are by appointment only.

When a patient arrives, they should stay in their vehicle and call (970) 576-3178 and a team member will come out.

Good Day Pharmacy in Greeley is continuing as a PCR testing site. Testing services for eligible patients have been extended through December 31, 2020. Tests are provided at no cost to eligible patients.

Testing site information: 

  • Where: Greeley Medical Clinic, 2000 16th St., Greeley, CO 80631, west side parking lot near the green tent
  • When: Mondays - Thursdays 
  • Appointment required: Go to https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/Greeley_CO_903.html 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.

When a patient arrives, they should stay in their vehicle and call (970) 576-3178 and a team member will come out. 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.

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is able to test symptomatic members in Colorado at no cost. Kaiser also is able to test some asymptomatic members, including those who are required to have a test for travel, work or school, or before entering a skilled nursing facility or having surgery or other procedures. In addition, Kaiser is offering testing to members who have had a high-risk exposure. In addition to testing available through Kaiser Permanente, members may choose to be tested at a licensed, independent facility and receive reimbursement for the cost of the test.

For information on how to receive a diagnostic test for COVID-19, go to the Kaiser COVID-19 testing webpage. If you meet testing guidelines, you will receive instructions from Kaiser on what to do next.

Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine

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 must first go through a virtual screening to ensure they qualify for tests based on symptom and exposure screening questions. Virtual visits are available 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Most major insurances including Medicaid and Medicare are accepted for the virtual visits.

The test is the PCR nasal swab. The test is covered by most major insurances and results come back from the lab typically within 3 to 7 days. Please note that doctor’s notes for testing are not accepted. Testing is conducted 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. by appointment. A provider will schedule your appointment during your virtual visit. You will be able to choose your appointment location and time.

The COVID-19 rapid test also is available for $95. The COVID-19 rapid test is a nasal swab, Sofia Antigen test. You’ll have same-day results and same-day testing is offered. Currently, the test is not covered by insurance, but is emergency FDA approved. Payment is collected at the time the test is administered.

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.

Other information

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 10 days after symptoms started, and continue isolating yourself until you are fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medications) for 24 hours. 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