July 27, 2020, 3:20 p.m.
Pueblo, CO – Results from testing at the free community testing site at the Colorado State Fairground are taking at least seven days to be returned due to testing labs being inundated with samples from throughout the state.
Test results are lagging throughout the state as more testing is being conducted. Labs are processing the results in a timely manner but due to the volume of tests, the reporting of results is taking at least a week in Pueblo County.
“We understand how critical it is for people to get their results as quickly as possible, but unfortunately the lag we are seeing right now is something that is happening not only locally but nationwide due to the amount of testing being done,” said Randy Evetts, public health director for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. “Once test results are available, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is working to relay results. We ask the public for patience during this unprecedented time.”
Individuals tested for COVID-19 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds should receive a call from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment approximately seven days from when tested. CDPHE personnel will attempt to call individuals at least three times and they will leave a message, but the message will not contain the test results. Individuals should expect a call for both positive and negative results. Calls are being made seven days a week.
If it has been longer than seven days and the individual has not received a call with their test results, they can call (719) 583-6261. Anyone needing written documentation of test results should indicate that when they receive the phone call with their results.
In the past, test results were provided via a portal. Beginning in July the management of the test site changed from federal to state partners and the portal process was eliminated. Currently, results from the Pueblo community testing site are provided only by telephone call.
Pueblo County’s free COVID-19 drive-thru testing is available Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State Fairgrounds (enter through Gate 4 at Mesa and Gaylord avenues). There is no limit to the number of people who can be tested per day.
Currently, the following individuals can be tested for COVID-19 at the testing site:
Any individual who is symptomatic (symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea).
- Anyone who is symptomatic
- Anyone over the age of 65
- African American, Latino, American Indian Tribes
- Anyone who had contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19
- Health care workers and first responders
- Individuals five years and older and those with functional needs, including adults may be tested by a caregiver or adult
- Anyone who attended a large gathering or protest.
Individuals being 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. Everybody being tested must be able to administer the test themselves. No physician order is required and all testing is free.
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.
- Wear a non-medical cloth face covering while out in public for necessary activities.
- Minimize social activities and being physically close to other people.
- Isolate yourself if you feel symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, 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:
- Pueblo’s COVID-19 Hotline 719-583-4444
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.