Get a free COVID-19 test
Testing helps us understand how many COVID-19 cases exist in our community. It also helps us track how and where the virus is spreading. Learn how you can register for a free test—or help your employees get tested—and get results in just a few days.
1 Consider taking a test
Check your symptoms. Testing is open to anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, including: fever or chills, cough, new loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
Think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19? You may want to get tested. Wait about 7 days after the date you think you were exposed before getting tested. Otherwise, it might be too early in the virus’ incubation period, meaning there won’t be enough viral material for the test to detect.
2 Register for a free test
Pueblo County has free drive-thru testing in two locations. No physician order or insurance is required. Registration is encouraged, but not required.
Testing by the Pueblo Mall, open 8am - 5pm, Monday through Saturday. Register to reserve your spot at the Pueblo Mall.
Testing at the State Fairgrounds, open 8am - 5pm, 7 days per week. Register to reserve your spot at the State Fairgrounds.
- Individuals tested must be inside an enclosed vehicle for safety. No walk-ups or motorcycles are allowed through the testing site.
- The site is open to individuals 2 years of age or older, both in Pueblo and neighboring counties.
- A nasal swab sample is collected by staff at Mako Medical, a diagnostic testing provider.
- Pueblo Mall drive-thru testing does not offer rapid response tests.
- Test results will be available 4 days later.
Community Testing is provided by Mako Medical. Se habla Español.
You can also find a different location near you, although other testing sites may have a fee associated with the test.
Additionally, Walgreens is offering no-cost, contactless COVID-19 testing for patients age 3 and up at select locations click here for more information.
3 Access your testing results
Results will be available 4 days* after testing, by:
- Texting “MAKO” to 66349.
- Visiting Mako's website.
- Calling the customer service line Monday - Friday, 8am - 6pm, at 719-416-5857.
Pueblo Mall and Colorado State Fairgrounds locations do not offer rapid response tests, although other locations may.
*Testing results may take longer than 4 days during times of heavy or increased testing.
4 Take action based on your results
If you or your employee test positive for COVID: Follow the instructions on how to isolate if you or your employee have only mild symptoms. For medical advice, consider a telehealth visit or nurseline advice before seeking in-person care. Medical professionals can advise on what medications to use to treat any symptoms.
In order to complete the line list, begin identifying staff with COVID-19-like symptoms (fever or feels feverish, chills, sweats, runny nose, sore throat, loss of smell and/or taste, headache, cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea). It is required to place all symptomatic and confirmed positive individuals on the line list.
If you or your employee test negative for COVID: With the type of tests used in Pueblo County (PCR diagnostic tests), testing negative means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in the sample. However, this can also happen when testing too early in the incubation period, and there isn’t enough viral material for the test to detect. False-negative PCR results can also occur if a sample was collected improperly or not handled or stored at proper temperatures.
If you or your employee test negative, but still have symptoms: This likely means that the COVID-19 virus is not causing you or your employee's current illness.
For additional information on testing, including the types of tests in Colorado, visit Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
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