Should I get tested?

Anyone with symptoms should get tested as soon as possible, stay away from others, and follow the instructions on how to isolate.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, wait about seven days after the date you think you were exposed before getting tested, unless you develop symptoms. Follow the instructions on how to quarantine for 14 days after exposure to prevent further transmission.  

  • Testing immediately after exposure isn’t helpful because it may be too early in the incubation period and there isn’t enough viral material for the test to detect.
  • Some people may not become ill for up to 14 days. For that reason, people who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days from the date of their exposure, even if they test negative before the full two weeks have passed.

 

Getting Tested

 

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Testing  English | Spanish

 

Pueblo County has opened a drive-up testing site in Pueblo to test anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (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).

  • 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 neighboring counties. No physician order or insurance is required, and all testing is free
  • When going to the community testing site, a nasal swab sample is collected by MAKO staff. Testing will be provided to individuals 2 years of age or older 

Community Testing is provided by Mako Medical. Se habla Español.

Pueblo’s Drive-Thru COVID Testing located at the State Fair.

Open  8 AM - 5 PM, Monday through Saturday.

 Enter the site through Gate 4 off Mesa and Gaylord avenues.

Pre-registration for testing is encouraged - Click Here

Additional testing sites in Colorado

Getting Test Results

Results from MAKO Medical testing sites will be available four days after testing.

• Texting: “MAKO” to 66349

• Visiting mako.luminatehealth.com

• Calling the customer service line Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 6 PM, (719) 416-5857.

 

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you have mild symptoms, follow the instructions on how to isolate. If you think you need medical advice, consider a telehealth visit or nurseline advice before seeking in-person care. Medical professionals can help you decide what medications to use to treat your symptoms.

What should I do if I test negative for COVID-19?

  • Using a PCR diagnostic test as provided at the two community test sites in Pueblo, a negative result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in the person’s sample. This can happen when a person is tested too early in their 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.

For COVID-19, a negative PCR test result for a sample collected while a person has symptoms likely means that the COVID-19 virus is not causing their current illness.

 

For additional information on testing including the types of test in Colorado, visit Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.