• Tom Genes

Free COVID Testing Next Week

Garfield County, with the help of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), is opening a FREE COVID-19 community testing event for three days in select locations in western Garfield County. The testing site will be open:

New Castle on Sunday, December 13 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Elk Creek Elementary School parking lot, 804 Main St.

Parachute on Monday, December 14 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bea Underwood Elementary School parking lot, 0741 Tamarisk Trail.

Rifle on Tuesday, December 15 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Garfield County Fairgrounds, 1001 Railroad Ave.

Pre-register online to save time. Walk-up testing is also available without an appointment.

Elk Creek Pre-Registration Link: https://mako.exchange/scheduler/registration/?location=2415

Bea Underwood Elementary Pre-Registration Link:


Garfield County Fairgrounds Pre-Registration Link:


The state encourages all Coloradans who need or want to get a COVID-19 test to go to any of the many community testing sites and events like these located throughout the state. There are no identification or insurance requirements, and the tests are free.

Anyone who has symptoms should get tested immediately and isolate for at least 10 days from onset until they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the help of medication), and their symptoms are improving. In some more severe cases, medical providers may recommend isolation for longer. Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should get tested 7 days after exposure and quarantine.

Garfield County Public Health has a list of testing sites on the COVID-19 testing page.

There are numerous state-sponsored community testing sites across the state, as well as dozens of locations offered by private providers. They are free, convenient, and do not require a doctor’s note, identification, or insurance. The state’s website has a list of locations.

People with symptoms should always get tested immediately. Symptoms include:

• Fever or chills.

• Cough.

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

• Fatigue.

• Muscle or body aches.

• Headache.

• New loss of taste or smell.

• Sore throat.

• Congestion or runny nose.

• Nausea or vomiting.

• Diarrhea.

At the request of some local partners, CDPHE is supporting mobile test sites, long-term testing sites, and pop-up community testing events to ensure everyone has access to COVID-19 tests. The state will continue to work with local partners to meet community testing needs in a manner that best serves their residents.

While testing is an important tool in the COVID-19 response, the state cautions that a negative test doesn’t mean it’s OK to meet in large gatherings or bypass other public health orders, like wearing a mask. All Coloradans need to mask up, physically distance, interact only with members of their own households, and stay home while sick.

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

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