Fast, accurate, widespread testing is critical to reducing COVID-19 transmission and outbreaks. COVIDCheck Colorado provides all Coloradans access to convenient, affordable, reliable tests with results delivered in under 72 hours. Hours vary by location. Visit COVIDCheck Colorado to confirm locations and hours or to register.
The City and County of Denver was pleased to provide free At-Home COVID-19 testing to residents who were unable to access a testing site due to transportation, mobility or financial limitations. Through this program our teams have tested more than 610 residents. With increasing availability of free at-home test kits and at-home vaccination opportunities, the City and County of Denver is discontinuing the At-Home Testing program on May 28th.
To request a free at-home test kit be delivered to your home, visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-testing-at-home. For vaccination information, you can visit denvergov.org/COVID-19 or contact Denver Department of Public Health & Environment at 720-865-5419.
When callers reach 311 they will hear “if you are calling to see if you qualify for free mobile COVID-19 testing from the City & County of Denver, please press 7.”
In order to receive a free COVID-19 test you must meet the following criteria:
- You believe you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been told by Public Health that you are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case; and
- are unable to travel to a COVID 19 testing facility; and
- are a resident of the City and County of Denver.
If you can answer “yes” to these three items, please hold to speak to Denver Department of Public Health & Environment.” If you cannot answer “yes” to these three items, please hang up and go to Denvergov.org for more information.
People who are undocumented are encouraged to get tested if they are symptomatic; ID is not required for our mobile testing program. We ask for name and date of birth for records purposes – that is the only way we can confirm a person’s test results.
If you are visiting a testing site, please call to confirm what is required for testing.
If you need a sign language interpreter or CART Services, contact SignLanguageServices@denvergov.org with at least a three (3) business day notice. For other public accommodation requests/concerns related to a disability, please contact DisabilityAccess@denvergov.org.
What is Contact Tracing?
Contact tracing is an effort where health workers identify sources of infection and inform others who've come in contact with such sources. Coupled with rigorous testing, contact tracing can counteract potential rising waves in infectious diseases. Contact tracing is part of the overall function of case management in public health.
There are three main components to case management:
- Interviews: Trained staff interview people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to determine who they may have been in close contact with during the time they were considered to have been infectious.
- Contact tracing: Staff then warns these individuals, or contacts, of their potential exposure as quickly and sensitively as possible. In order to protect patient privacy, contacts are only informed that they may have been exposed to an individual with the infection. They are not told the identity of the person who may have exposed them. They are offered resources and support.
- Contain: People who have had contact with a COVID-19 positive patient are provided with education, information, and support to understand their risk, what they should do to separate themselves from others, how to monitor themselves for illness, and the possibility that they could spread the infection to others even if they themselves do not feel ill. If a contact becomes symptomatic, the local public health department can be contacted to assist them in getting tested. If the contact tests positive for COVID-19, their recent contacts will be traced and informed, too.
It is very important that residents help the health workers by answering the phone. Health workers will not ask any private questions about finances or social security numbers.
The process continues until everyone who has been exposed is isolated from others to reduce virus transmission. Contact tracing, coupled with rigorous testing, can counteract a potential second wave and prevent cases from spiking again.
Denver Department of Public Health & Environment is not currently hiring or soliciting volunteers for Contact Tracing, as we are managing with internal and partner resources. If DDPHE does begin seeking volunteers or hiring staff for Contact Tracing, we will post a link on this page. Please check back in the future, and we appreciate all of the offers of support we have received thus far!
Is Denver working with other cities?
Since COVID-19 does not stop at jurisdictional boundaries, Denver will work with other regional local public health agencies to continue coordinating case investigations and to improve contact tracing. The partnership will help to ensure contact tracing will be complete and thorough.