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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 if they provide testing or where else 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.

Testing locations

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

Youth Sports Complex

The City of Greeley, with the help of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has opened a free COVID-19 drive-thru community testing site at the Youth Sports Complex in Greeley. There are no identification, insurance, or doctor's note requirements, and the tests are free. Patients must be in a car to get tested.

Testing site information: 

  • When: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week
  • Where: Youth Sports Complex parking lot, 1850 65th Ave., Greeley, CO 80634

Patients can register on-site, but pre-registration is encouraged to reduce wait times and patients can pre-register online

Milliken Athletic Complex

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is supporting a free COVIDCheck Colorado COVID-19 testing site at the Milliken Athletic Complex in Milliken. COVIDCheck Colorado uses a highly sensitive and reliable nasal swab PC test that is administered by licensed medical professionals. Test results have a 35-hour turnaround time. 

Testing site information: 

  • When: 8:00 - 11:00 a.m., Fridays
  • Where: Milliken Athletic Complex, 320 Centennial Drive, Milliken, CO 80543

COVIDCheck Colorado accepts walk-ins but highly recommends signing up for an appointment in advance. Set up an appointment online and click "Get My Test." 

Nelson Farm Park - Johnstown

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is supporting a free COVIDCheck Colorado COVID-19 testing site at Nelson Farm Park in Johnstown. COVIDCheck Colorado uses a highly sensitive and reliable nasal swab PC test that is administered by licensed medical professionals. Test results have a 35-hour turnaround time.

Testing site information: 

  • When: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Fridays
  • Where: Nelson Farm Park, 671 Telep Avenue, Johnstown, CO 80534
COVIDCheck Colorado accepts walk-ins but highly recommends signing up for an appointment in advance. Set up an appointment online and click "Get My Test." 

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 has a drive-thru specimen-collection center at the UCHealth Laboratory at The Ranch in Loveland. With this, the drive-through center at Medical Center of the Rockies is closed.

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: UCHealth Laboratory at The Ranch, 5380 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

As Salud shifts staff resources to provide COVID-19 vaccine, Salud will not provide public testing through the entire month of January.

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 https://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 

Good Day Pharmacy

Good Day Pharmacy in Greeley is now offering only rapid COVID-19 antigen tests. PCR tests are no longer available at Good Day Pharmacy. 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: Patients must go to the Good Day Pharmacy website to complete an eligibility assessment and schedule an appointment. Do not call the pharmacy to 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. 

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.

People who wish to be tested must first go through a telehealth visit. Telehealth 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.


Antibody testing

The CDC does not currently recommend using antibody testing for diagnosis of any infection or to determine immunity. 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. Antibody testing can play an important role in understanding the virus’s epidemiology in the general population and identifying groups at higher risk for infection. Although antibody tests should not be used at this time to determine immunity, these tests can help determine the proportion of a population previously infected and provide information about populations that may be immune and potentially protected. Thus, demographic and geographic patterns of antibody test results can help determine which communities may have experienced a higher infection rate and therefore may have a higher proportion of the population with some degree of immunity, at least temporarily.


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.

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