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Denver Expands Access to Free COVID-19 Testing

The City and County of Denver is expanding access to free, drive-up COVID-19 testing to anyone potentially exposed to the virus and those heading back to work during this current phase of recovery. With expanded access, people who do not currently have COVID-19 symptoms but believe they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have been deemed essential by their employers, are now eligible to register for a free test.

In addition, those who have been contacted by either the State or by the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) due to contact tracing are also encouraged to register and be tested as soon as possible at Denver’s COVID-19 testing site, located at the Pepsi Center.

“Increasing access to testing in Denver has been a huge priority,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “Ramping up capacity and access for more people, including those not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, is critical to staying ahead of this pandemic and putting our city on the road to recovery.”

The testing site is located in the Prius parking lot on the far west side of the Pepsi Center. Access the entrance at 7th St and Auraria Parkway. There is no access to the testing site off of Speer or at the main entrance of the Pepsi Center.  

The site has been testing more than 400 people each day since it opened on May 22, with the ability to increase that capacity as needed. Results are available within three to four days by registering on the LabCorp website, downloading the LabCorp app to a smartphone, or by calling the Denver Health NurseLine at 303-389-1876. Those who call the NurseLine for results over the phone will have to provide the testing ID number given to them on the day of their test.   

The testing site is open daily, excluding holidays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Individuals will be responsible for administering the nasal swab themselves to expedite the process and increase safety. If individuals are unable to do so, the staff will assist.

Residents should register online before coming to the site and bring a document that verifies their name such as a photo ID (current or expired), RTD pass, EBT card, school ID, phone or utility bill, or library card. Minors may be registered by their parents. Name verification is necessary to identify individuals who have been tested multiple times. Those who test positive will receive follow up guidance from DDPHE for contact tracing purposes. Community members without internet access can call 311 for help.

With the recent large demonstrations in addition to the relaxing of group size restrictions and many people returning to work, there is a concern about possible COVID-19 transmissions between members of larger gatherings. Therefore, the city encourages any participant who would like a free COVID-19 test to obtain one at Denver’s free testing site --with the assurance that only an individual’s name and date of birth need be verified to obtain the test and receive confidential results.

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