Testing Information and Testing Sites

COVID Testing Information

 

Get tested at one of the public testing sites: (registration/appointment required)

Mesa County Public Health

Location: Mesa County Fairgrounds 2785 US-50 Grand Junction, 81503

Available days and times:  Tuesday – Friday (except holidays) 7am – 3pm

Saturday 9 am – 12 pm

Type of Test: Nasal Swab, NO RAPIDS; only PCR testing,

Cost: FREE

Accessing Results: Results are processed through labs outside MCPH. Testing turnaround times vary depending on the lab but are typically returned in 2-4 days.

You will be notified by the lab that processed your test. Instructions for results are given onsite when the test is performed.

Use the link below to be directed to the sites for the labs we use to process results. If offered by the lab, you’ll need your account or appointment information to access your results

Mesa County Public Health (Fairgrounds)

 

COVIDCheck Colorado Testing Site

Locations:

Long Family Memorial Park 3117 F Rd Grand Junction, CO 81504

Fruita 8/9 School 1835 J Road, Fruita CO, 81521

Colorado Mesa University- (Drive-through) 1280 Cannell Ave Grand Junction, CO 81501

Available days and times vary. Register to see what appointment times are available.

Type of Test: Nasal Swab, NO RAPIDS; only PCR testing,

Cost: FREE

Accessing Results: COVIDCheck Colorado

Results are processed through labs outside MCPH. Testing turnaround times vary depending on the lab but are typically returned in 2-4 days.

You will be notified by the lab that processed your test. Instructions for results are given onsite when the test is performed.

Use the link below to be directed to the sites for the labs we use to process results. If offered by the lab, you’ll need your account or appointment information to access your results

Testing Sites at D51 Schools, CMU, Long Family Memorial Park

 

Testing at Pharmacies: (registration/appointment required)

Walgreens

Locations vary: Grand Junction, Clifton, Fruita

Registration/Appointments required

Type of Test: PCR, Rapid (24 hours) and Rapid Antigen (same day) (varies by location)

Accessing Results:

Test results turnaround time is based on when the sample arrives at the laboratory. Test results for travel purposes cannot be guaranteed in time for travel. Current turnaround times can be found on the websites of our laboratory partners, Aegis Sciences and LabCorp. Click here for the Aegis Sciences website, and click here for LabCorp’s website.

 

Testing at Primary Care Partners:

Testing is available in select divisions at Primary Care Partners. We recommend consulting with your insurance company as you may be responsible for costs when taking a COVID test at our facilities. These divisions offer testing on a limited, appointment-only basis.

Western Colorado Physicians Group 970-241-6011

Red Canyon Family Medicine 970-256-5285

Grand Junction Diagnostics 970-241-6014

DOCS on Call 970-255-1576

 

***If you have a POSITIVE, or PENDING COVID-19 test, or have had KNOWN EXPOSURE please call us for further assistance. If visiting your primary care provider, call the office upon arrival and navigate to the DOCS on Call Rash Room Entrance on the West side of the building. This is in an effort to limit the spread of the virus. We are happy to assist and triage your needs over the telephone and consult with a medical provider if there is a need for you to be seen in person. We also have a designated respiratory clinic located in our after-hours clinic to help limit exposure to healthy patients. We appreciate your willingness to assist us in our goal to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

 

The following people should get tested for COVID-19:

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
    • 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

*This list does not include all possible symptoms.

  • People who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested to check for infection:
    • People who are not fully vaccinated should get tested immediately when they find out they are a close contact. If their test result is negative, they should get tested again 5–7 days after their last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop.
    • Fully vaccinated people should be tested 5–7 days after their last exposure.
  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days and recovered, as long as they do not develop new symptoms, do not need to get tested.

If you test positive for COVID-19, take the following steps to protect others regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status: Isolate at home and isolate away from others for at least 10 days.

  • If you do not have any symptoms, you should still isolate at home for at least 10 days.
  • If you develop symptoms, continue to isolate for at least 10 days after symptoms began as long as symptoms have improved, and no fever is present for at least 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications.
  • If you are someone who has underlying medical conditions or are older, contact your healthcare provider for further guidance, especially if your symptoms get worse.

If you have additional questions or concerns, contact Mesa County Public Health at 970-248-6900.

See the most current COVID data from Mesa County Public Health here.

 

Quarantine vs. Isolation

You quarantine when you might have been exposed to the virus. Quarantine means staying home for 14 days after you are exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 5-7 days after their exposure and carefully monitor symptoms. Even if they don’t have symptoms, it is recommended that they wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative

 

You isolate when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.

People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available). Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.

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