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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 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.

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 through visit today. 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.

Good Day Pharmacy

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, 2000 16th St., Greeley, CO 80631, west side parking lot
  • When: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on various days throughout the week. Check the schedule at the link below.
  • 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.
  • 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

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

The UCHealth drive-through specimen-collection center on the campus of Aims Community College in Greeley will close after Saturday, August 8, to make way for the new school year. Arrangements are being made to open another drive-through location in Greeley in September. In the interim, Weld County patients will be able to access the services at the new collection center at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland starting Monday, August 10.

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 and Sunday on the east side of the facility. Patients will be asked to enter the campus via Spirit Lake Court on the north side of the facility and follow the signs around to the southeast corner of the campus. Please bring a photo ID.

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.

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.

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.

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