DENVER (KDVR) -- Starting Wednesday, there is going to be a drive-up testing lab for coronavirus in Denver at 8100 E. Lowry Blvd. However, only patients with a doctor’s order to receive a test will be seen.
Aside from the Lowry location, Gov. Jared Polis wants to open more testing sites to reach a point where anyone with flu-like symptoms can get results promptly.
He says his administration is prioritizing setting up a testing facility in the high country by the end of this week to prevent the spread of the virus in the mountain community and detect those who might have been exposed.
In a press conference Tuesday, Polis announced one of his top priorities is expanding testing capabilities in Colorado.
“The bottom line is this: the more people we test and the sooner we do it, the better chance we have at containing this,” Polis said.
Polis told Vice President Mike Pence in a phone call Monday that the state is dealing with a shortage of testing capabilities in Colorado.
“In that conversation which lasted about 20 minutes, I stressed the need for exponentially more testing in Colorado,” Polis said.
The state currently has about 900 testing kits. However, Polis’ calls to the nation’s leaders ended with a commitment to bring 1,500 additional tests to Colorado this week.
Additionally, LabCorp now has testing capability for its entire physician network.
“With LabCorp’s extensive network, those tests should be widely available across Colorado,” Polis said.
While the state can turn around test results in 24 hours, LabCorp’s testing process will take three to four days to receive results.
“But more testing is good, even with a longer turn-around,” Polis said.
In order to be tested, a person must meet the following requirements:
- Must have an order from their doctor confirming they meet the testing criteria and need to be tested
- Must have photo identification that matches the name on the doctor's order.
- If there are multiple people in the vehicle, each person needs to have their own doctor's order in order to be tested.
The testing will be ongoing. This week, the center will be open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wednesday - Friday.
The CDPHE will post the schedule for next week on their website when it is available.
The CDPHE also advises for individuals to stay at home while waiting for their test results to come back. They anticipate that individuals will be contacted with their results within 72 hours.
If a person receives positive test results, that individual may be issued isolation orders.
The CDPHE says that individuals will drive through a secured area and will remain in their vehicles throughout the entire testing process.
Individuals should be prepared for long wait times, as no restrooms will be available.
The testing is free and proof of insurance will not be required.
Telephonic interpretation will be available for speakers of other languages.
The testing center will help the state test as many people as possible to identify and isolate those who are ill.
Currently, the lab has enough test availability for several days and will continue to receive additional tests from the CDC.