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COVID-19 Testing Updates

Our testing schedule has changed. Please see the updated schedule below.

 

If you have an appointment for COVID-19 testing, you may arrive to a long line of cars at the test site. You will be tested if you have an appointment, regardless of what time you arrive at the front of the line. 

 

Please sign-up for an appointment via the link below. Due to high demand, appointment slots may be completely filled. In that event, please try signing-up again later when more appointments may be open. We have very limited walk-in availability each testing day on a first-come, first-serve basis each testing day. Wait times may be longer for walk-in appointments.

 

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider for testing services or schedule an appointment with us.

 

If you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, please self-quarantine for 14 days. Do not wait for symptoms or for test results to self-quarantine. After being exposed to someone with COVID-19 we recommend scheduling an appointment for testing 7-10 days after the date you were exposed. A negative test result does not end quarantine early.

Community COVID-19 Testing

If you have COVID-like symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider first about testing. Many local healthcare providers are able to provide testing for their patients if they have symptoms. Due to the high demand for testing in recent weeks, many local testing providers are fully booked or may only see those who have symptoms. 

If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, please quarantine for 14 days from the date you were in close contact. Being tested and getting a negative test result does not end the quarantine period early or allow someone to return to work because it can take up to 14 days after exposure to become ill.

Do not wait to be tested or wait for test results to quarantine or isolate if you have COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has the virus.

Larimer County Health Department No Cost COVID-19 Testing:

  • Mondays and Thursdays: 9am - 10am walk-ins/no appointment needed, 10:00am - 12pm  appointments only
    Colorado State University Parking lot #740, by the Tennis Complex, enter from Center Ave. Do not enter the site from Drake Rd.
    2350 Research Blvd., Fort Collins, CO 80526    
  • Wednesdays: 9am - 10am walk-ins/no appointment needed, 10:00am - 12pm appointments only
    The Ranch Event Complex-West Barn of the MAC Arena, enter through Gate 5
    5280 Arena Cir, Loveland, CO 80538    

Signing up for an appointment guarantees that you can be tested on a certain day and time. Walk-ins will be accepted on a limited first-come, first-serve basis. Anyone (ages 5 and older), with or without symptoms, is eligible for no-cost nasal PCR COVID-19 testing with the health department. People registering for testing must be at least 5 years old. Parents/Guardians must be able to safely control their minor child or we may be unable to perform the test due to safety concerns. We do not offer antibody testing.

If you have issues with signing up for testing, please contact us. Thanks for your patience as we try to improve our efficiency.  

Sign-up here for upcoming test dates. Minimal walk-in slots are available each day, pre-registration strongly recommended. Test results are typically available within 2-5 days and will be sent by email. There are sometimes delays at the lab and some results could take longer. If you do not receive your results from us within this timeframe, please call 970-498-5500 (Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm) or text us anytime at 970-999-1770.

Other Community COVID-19 Testing Options

If you have a health care provider, call their office first. Most insurance plans cover the cost of COVID-19 testing. Other testing sites in Larimer County include: 

Information for those being tested for COVID-19:

If you are being tested because you were in close contact (at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of contact) with someone known to have COVID-19, but you are not having symptoms:

  • Stay home and quarantine away from others for at least 14 days since the date you were exposed and monitor for symptoms. Get tested 7-10 days after your exposure. Continue to quarantine for the full 14 days even if your test result is negative.

  • If you do not experience symptoms after 14 days, you are safe to be around others.

  • If you do develop symptoms during these 14 days, please continue to stay home for 10 days from the day you started having symptoms, until your symptoms improve, and for at least 24 hours since your fever has gone away without using fever-reducing medicines (such as Ibuprofen).

If you are being tested because you have been having symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Stay home and isolate away from others for at least 10 days from the first day you had symptoms until your symptoms have improved, and for at least 24 hours since your fever has gone away without using fever-reducing medicines (such as Ibuprofen).

  • Once this isolation period is completed, you are safe to be around others.

If you have not had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and you have not been having any symptoms of COVID-19, continue taking precautions such as wearing a face-covering, maintaining 6 feet of physical distance, avoiding large gatherings, and washing hands frequently. You do not need to quarantine or isolate. If your test result is positive, we will contact you with more information.

Should I get re-tested?

Getting retested after recovering from COVID-19 is not necessary or recommended. It is possible for someone to test positive for up to 3 months after recovering from COVID-19, even though they are not spreading the virus. Once someone who has COVID-19 is 10 days from the first day they have symptoms, their symptoms have improved, and they have been fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medicines (such as Ibuprofen), they are safe to be around others and/or return to work. An employer should not require an employee to test negative if the employee is past the release date indicated on their isolation order. 

 

Having symptoms of COVID-19?

General Information about Isolation and Quarantine


Antibody Testing

Talk with your health care provider if you’re interested in an antibody test. There are few FDA-authorized antibody tests so few of these tests have had the evaluation and testing to prove that they can provide trustworthy results. Some tests may only detect if you’ve been exposed to the virus, but can't determine if you are immune. Read more about antibody testing for COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here.


Interested in donating COVID-19 convalescent plasma?

What is convalescent plasma?

The management of COVID-19 has mainly focused on infection prevention, case detection and monitoring, and supportive care. There is no specific anti-SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) treatment recommended at this time because of the absence of evidence, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

However, people who recover (convalesce) from COVID-19 make antibodies against the virus in the plasma component of their blood. And evidence shows that this convalescent plasma can be used as a treatment for patients with COVID-19 without the occurrence of severe adverse events.

UCHealth has already treated patients using this blood and is looking to identify potential donors of convalescent COVID-19 plasma to be able to treat more COVID-positive patients across the state.

Do I qualify?

COVID-19 convalescent plasma may only be collected from COVID-19 recovered individuals if they are eligible to donate blood.

You must have:

What if I had symptoms of COVID-19, but never got a test?

If you suffered from a respiratory illness over the last eight weeks and believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you may be eligible to donate plasma in the near future. Please fill out the forms below. Then, if the opportunity arises for you to donate plasma, coordinators will follow up with you soon. 

How can I learn more about convalescent plasma donation?

In Northern Colorado: To learn more or to schedule a convalescent plasma donation, contact Kaitlin Zobel: 970.495.8987, or fill out this form and someone will contact you. Details on their process and scheduling can be found here.

Please self-isolate at home until at least 10 days after your symptoms start AND 24 hours after your symptoms go away. 

Seek medical care right away if your illness is getting worse (for example, if you have difficulty breathing).

  • Before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them your symptoms. Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider.

  • Call 911 if you have a medical emergency

  • As much as possible, you should stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.

  • Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.

  • Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.

  • Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. If you need to be around other people in or outside of the home, wear a facemask.

  •  Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.

  •  After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.

Clean high-touch surfaces in your isolation area (“sick room” and bathroom) every day; let a caregiver clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in other areas of the home.

  • Clean and disinfect: Routinely clean high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but not your bedroom and bathroom.
    • If a caregiver or other person needs to clean and disinfect a sick person’s bedroom or bathroom, they should do so on an as-needed basis. The caregiver/other person should wear a mask and wait as long as possible after the sick person has used the bathroom.

High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

  • Clean and disinfect areas that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
  • Household cleaners and disinfectants: Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.
    • Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend keeping the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed. Many also recommend precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
    • Most EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. A full list of disinfectants can be found here.