Sep 11, 2020
Changes signal expansion of community testing options
DENVER -- The City and County of Denver will begin transitioning from the large-scale COVID-19 testing offered at Pepsi Center to expanded community-based testing sites after September 30.
“The Pepsi Center site provided the broad, regional testing capacity needed early in our response, to stand in the gap to give the city time to build out a community-based testing program,” said Robert McDonald, Executive Director of the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment and the Public Health Administrator for Denver. “With that accomplished, the city can focus its testing resources where they are most effective, at a community level in highly impacted and underserved neighborhoods.”
Starting this Sunday, the number of drive-thru lanes available for testing will be reduced from eight to four. As a result, the public should expect longer wait times than usual. To avoid being turned away, it is recommended individuals plan accordingly and register ahead of time for a test through September 30. This strategic effort by the city and its partners will expand access to mobile and neighborhood testing utilizing a trusted network of organizations with strong community ties.
Community testing locations change often–so be sure to check www.denvergov.org/covid19testing for the latest information. The public can also turn to other testing sites across the metro. And those who are able should see their primary care doctor for any future testing.
The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE), Denver’s nationally accredited public health agency, empowers Denver’s communities to live better, longer. The divisions of DDPHE are: Administration, Animal Protection, Community & Behavioral Health, Environmental Quality, Office of the Medical Examiner, and Public Health Investigations. In partnership with Denver Public Health, DDPHE provides quality public health services to the City and County of Denver. For more information about DDPHE, visit denvergov.org/dphe or follow us @DDPHE