Testing Sites and Information
Call 911 or go to an emergency room if you are having a medical emergency. Tell the 911 dispatcher your symptoms. For COVID-19, a medical emergency means severe respiratory symptoms such as increased shortness of breath or breathing difficulties. Only go to an emergency room if you are having a medical emergency, not to be tested.
- Upcoming Testing Events
- Should I get tested?
- Where can I get tested?
- How much do tests cost?
- What about antibody/ serologic testing?
Below are the upcoming free testing locations. Find additional testing sites under the “Where can I get tested” tab.
Call your healthcare provider and go to a testing site if you have symptoms of COVID-19. It is important for you to get tested if you were around someone who tested positive, even if you are symptom-free.
|FREE Testing Sites||Dates and Locations||Things to Know Before You Go|
|Douglas County -|
Various locations for drive thru, walk-up, or arrive on a bicycle
Tuesday, August 4 – Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, 2350 Meadows Blvd.
Thursday, August 13 – CU Denver South, Lone Tree
Tuesday, August 25 – PACE Center, Parker
Free testing for anyone who lives or works in Douglas County.
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or until test kits run out (200 tests per day per location)
Bring your own pen and clipboard or something stable to write on to complete the testing form.
Get additional details at douglas.co.us/covid19-testing.
|STRIDE Community Health Center | Aurora locations - flyers|
Available to anyone with symptoms or if you have been around anyone with COVID-19. Healthcare workers, first responders, and nursing home workers can get tested regardless of symptoms.
A photo ID and Insurance Card (if you have one) are required. There is no cost for getting tested Uninsured individuals are welcome. Get more details at stridechc.org/covid-19.
|City of Thornton Fire Department||Appointment required for testing; no drop-ins will be tested. Make an appointment at www.gocot.net/covid19testing|
|Salud Family Health Centers, various locations|
Testing is available from 8-11 a.m. with various locations
|Testing is available from 8-11 a.m. Find locations at www.saludclinic.org/covid-testing|
or call 303-697-2583.
|Pepsi Center, Denver||Register online before going to get tested. Testing is available to anyone with symptoms or who has been around someone who has tested positive.|
|Sheridan Health Services, Denver|
Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 3525 W Oxford Ave G1, Denver, CO 80236
Appointment needed, call 303-315-6150
Get more details at CU Anschutz- Sheridan Health Services
Testing only for those who do not have insurance
This testing site is only for those who do not have insurance.
Walk-up testing, no appointment needed. Rapid result nasal swab antigen test offered.
Eligible residents who do not have health insurance and have COVID-19 symptoms or have been around someone with COVID-19 can get tested through one of several mobile testing sites. Testing is available to your entire household if someone has symptoms.
Masks are required to be tested and will be provided if needed.
Individuals with insurance
Call or email your healthcare provider, or a telehealth line or nurseline, to get their advice before going to any health facility. Ask about private lab sites where you can get tested.
Individuals with no insurance
The CovidLine is a free hotline for COVID-19 screening and telehealth service for Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas County residents who may not have insurance. CovidLine Telephone Hotline:
- Local: 720-902-9449
- Toll-free: 1-855-963-3721
Colorado COVID Symptom Support Tool
Testing Questions and Answers
|Should I get tested if I think I have been re-infected?|
|Check with your healthcare provider if you think you have been re-exposed.|
As COVID-19 continues to circulate, individuals who had a positive COVID-19 test may be re-exposed to the virus. Many questions about immunity after infection remain and scientific studies are underway to determine whether someone who had an infection before can get be reinfected.
|If I have no symptoms, should I get tested for COVID-19 by PCR/nasal swab test?|
As testing capacity continues to expand, health care providers may consider testing people who have no symptoms. The goal of testing would be to identify COVID-19 positive people who were not aware they were infected. Asymptomatic testing might be helpful with anyone who is:
A negative test on a particular day does not guarantee that a person will not develop COVID-19 at any point in the future. In addition, a negative test cannot clear someone from quarantine if they had been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19.
Call your health care provider before going to the clinic or hospital to be tested. Ask your provider or local clinic if they offer telehealth visits, or call one of Colorado’s nurselines.
Currently, we do not test or directly collect samples for testing. Your healthcare provider may send you to a place that has testing available. Most testing sites require a referral and to schedule an appointment ahead of time. Check the details of each testing site online for the most up-to-date information.
Community Testing Sites
- Denver’s Pepsi Center Drive Up Testing Site: Register online before going to get tested
- Find additional testing sites from 2-1-1 and the state community testing site map
- Douglas County has a webpage for their testing locations
Community Health Centers
These clinics accept patients regardless of insurance status.
- STRIDE Community Health Center provides telehealth and testing for the general public
- Clinica Family Health provides telehealth and testing for current patients and the general public at their Lafayette location
- Salud Family Health Centers provide telehealth and testing for current patients.
- Peak Vista Community Health Centers provide telehealth and testing for current patients and the general public in El Paso County.
Private provider testing for the public
The following private providers have indicated that they are able to provide COVID-19 testing. For more information, please contact these companies directly. Because they are private providers and not operated by the State of Colorado, neither the state nor the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is responsible for the information about or operations of these testing sites:
|Additional testing sites can be found on the 211 Community Testing Site Locator|
How much should I expect to pay to get tested?
- COVID testing is covered by all major insurance plans. Contact your health insurer for specific information.
- For assistance with disputing medical bills first contact your insurer, and if problems continue to exist you can reach out to the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative’s (CCHI) Consumer Assistance Program or the Colorado Division of Insurance
Additional Testing Cost Resources
- Policy Directives for COVID-19 Testing During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
- Frequently asked questions regarding the FFCRA, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act)
Use caution when deciding to get tested for COVID-19 antibodies. The tests being marketed vary greatly in quality and accuracy and it is difficult for the public to determine which tests are better.
Beware of emails and posts selling antibody tests. There are multiple scams or unscrupulous companies trying to mislead the public with misinformation. At this time, the FDA has not authorized any COVID-19 test to be completely used and processed at home.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is conducting research studies with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to evaluate certain antibody tests and those results have not been released.
At this time, antibody tests should not be used to diagnosis current COVID-19 infection. Having a positive antibody test does not necessarily mean that you have immune protection against infection.
Additional testing resources and information
- Testing for COVID-19, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- Testing for COVID-19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- COVID-19 and Insurance in Colorado: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/covid-19-and-insurance