New community-based COVID-19 testing site opens in Colorado Springs

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COLORADO SPRINGS — On Friday, the El Paso County Public Health Department and the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management released more details about the set-up of a new community-based COVID-19 testing site in Colorado Springs.

“It’s important we know how many cases we have within the county,” Jim Reid, the Regional Director, Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management said.

The site will be located on the southwest side of the Citadel Mall.

“We did see a little bit of a rise in the COVID-19 positivity rate in our community and because of that wanted to make sure we did everything possible to mitigate,” Lisa Powell, the Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager for El Paso County Public Health said.

Both county organizations said the new, centrally-located site will offer easy, free, and convenient access to testing, and the ability to test up to 750 patients each day.

According to the county, increasing COVID-19 testing capacity has been a state and local priority. This new location adds to testing options already available in the area.

“This gives the opportunity for people to get tested who even have mild symptoms because it won’t be such a long wait because the timing of the test results comes back quick,” Dr. Robin Johnson, Medical Director El Paso County Public Health said.

Information to know before you go:
• Testing is free
• Tests are meant for individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (2 years of age or older)
• No insurance or referral required
• Spanish speaker on site
• Pre-registration is recommended but not required
Registration link can be found here
• Testing site hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., starting August 11

“Our hope is that with additional testing and the movement we are making with prevention measures, we will actually see a decrease in those numbers,” Dr. Johnson said.

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