The City and County of Denver has set up a free, drive-up testing site on the parking area of the Pepsi Center. Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who has been exposed to someone who tested positive can register to be tested, particularly if they don’t have access to a healthcare provider. Results will be available online within a few days. Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) will follow up with all those who test positive for contact tracing purposes.
The site is anticipated to have a testing capacity of approximately 500 individuals per day with a goal of gradually increasing that testing capacity.
There are two requirements:
There is no minimum age requirement but minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
This is a drive-up testing site and people will be waiting in their vehicles. Wait times will depend upon volume and we expect it to vary throughout the day.
We are discouraging people from showing up in advance of 8 a.m. as there is no place for vehicles to wait. The Denver Police Department traffic operations will be managing the site entrance off of Auraria and no vehicles will be allowed to wait in line on Auraria.
Pedestrians and cyclists are allowed to be tested. However, due to the fact that the testing facility is intended for those experiencing symptoms, we hope to limit walk-ins at the site as they may risk exposing others.
Please note that you will NOT be admitted to the site after 4 p.m. so that we can accommodate all guests.
This test site is anticipated to be active for two months but could be available for longer, depending on the need.
The test is a PCR nasal swab — the gold-standard polymerase chain reaction test. This test is only for people who currently have symptoms and will NOT tell you if you had COVID in the past. If you do not currently have symptoms, this test is not for you and it will not provide accurate results.
The test takes just a couple of minutes. The patient will swab their own nose – circling the swab three times in each nostril. Individuals will be responsible for administering the swab themselves to speed up the process and increase safety.
The newest tests are not as invasive as they were previously. It is safer and faster for both patients and staff if the patients administer the swab themselves. If individuals are unable to administer the swab themselves because of a disability, the staff will assist. There will be a video to demonstrate how patients will administer the nasal swab.
There is a consent form on the site to collect demographic information but no personal information.
There is no cost. However, if you have a health care provider, you are encouraged to seek testing through your provider first.
Those who do not have access to a computer can register by calling 311 and minors may be registered by their parents.
There are no time-based appointments. However, we encourage people to register online before going to the site and you may arrive at any time after they register.
Documentation that shows your name (may be current or expired). Name verification is required to identify individuals who have been tested multiple times. Examples of accepted documentation include:
1000 Chopper Cir.
Denver, CO 80204
Enter on 7th Avenue at the intersection with Auraria Parkway, on the west side of the Pepsi Center, and follow the signs as you drive in. Because testing is primarily for those who have symptoms, walking up to the site is discouraged to limit the exposure of staff administering the tests.
Results will be received within 3 - 5 business days.
If you do not have internet access:
LabCorp will not give results over the phone, but they will mail them to the address on record.