2:00 p.m. What Pueblo Health Wants You to Know:
“Free Community COVID-19 Testing Site Open Saturday”
Pueblo, CO #PuebloCOVID19
September 9, 2020, Pueblo, CO – For the first time since the free community COVID-19 testing site opened in April, individuals will be able to get tested in the evening and on select Saturdays. The drive-thru testing site, currently located in the parking lot at Arroyo and Acero avenues, will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday (Sept. 12) for anyone who wants or needs testing for COVID-19.
Beginning this month, the testing site, which is administered by MAKO Medical, will be open Monday through Friday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
“We are excited about expanding testing and we hope by having it available in the evening and on certain Saturdays, we can reach more people who want and need to be tested,” said Randy Evetts, public health director for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment.
Beginning Monday, September 14, the testing site will move inside the Colorado State Fairgrounds in the Livestock Pavilion. Individuals should enter the testing site from Gate 4 (Mesa and Gaylord avenues).
Testing is open to anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. First responders, health care workers, critical infrastructure employees, teachers, and individuals who work in congregate settings are encouraged to get tested. With the school year having started students and school staff are encouraged to get tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected individual.
Testing also has been expanded to include children age two and older. The testing site remains a drive-thru procedure and tests are administered by site staff. Everyone entering the testing site should wear a mask. There are no self-swabbing tests available. Everyone being tested must be in an enclosed vehicle. No bicycles, motorcycles, or walk-ups are allowed. Pre-registration is recommended but is not required. The registration link is www.pueblohealth.org/covid19. Results of the tests are expected to be available within four days.
Spanish-speaking services are available at the testing site. No insurance or doctor referrals are needed.
Help Protect Pueblo from COVID-19
To protect the Pueblo community and the most vulnerable, everybody has a responsibility to:
- Follow the Governor’s Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors order.
- Follow the Governor’s mask order.
- Minimize social activities and being physically close to other people.
- Isolate yourself if you feel symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms are new loss of taste or smell, headache, sore throat, cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting , and diarrhea. This list does not include all possible symptoms. Visit cdc.gov for the list of symptoms as it continues to be updated with more information learned about COVID-19.
- Seek preventative and routine care through your primary care provider and use the emergency room when medically necessary.
- Wash your hands with soap regularly.
- Cough or sneeze into elbow or tissue.
- Stay home when you’re sick.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Clean surfaces frequently touched.
Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment encourages residents and media to seek out credible, reliable sources of information on COVID-19:
All public and media inquiries in Pueblo are answered through the local hotline at Pueblo’s Joint Information Center. Pueblo COVID-19 Hotline is providing resources and answering questions 9AM – 4PM, Monday – Friday (closed for government holidays) 719-583-4444.