Durango testing site slammed as COVID-19 cases spike

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Durango testing site slammed as COVID-19 cases spike

Health department takes steps to expand operations
Emily Miera, a medical assistant with Axis Health System, places a COVID-19 test swab into a container after testing someone Tuesday at the San Juan Basin Public Health COVID-19 drive-thru testing site near the Durango Public Library. Viral spread has been increasing in La Plata County, causing long lines at the testing site.
Kelsey Pla with Animas Surgical Hospital checks in people Tuesday while about 60 people waited in line at the San Juan Basin Public Health COVID-19 testing site in Durango.
Steve Barkley, a code enforcement officer with the city Durango, directs traffic Tuesday that is backed up from the San Juan Basin Public Health COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in the 1900 block of East Third Avenue.
Signs direct people to the San Juan Basin Public Health COVID-19 testing site Tuesday near the Durango Public Library. SJBPH is focused on expanding its testing efforts in response to rising cases in La Plata and Archuleta counties.
Emily Miera with Axis Health System does a COVID-19 test on someone Tuesday at the San Juan Basin Public Health COVID-19 drive-thru testing site near the Durango Public Library.

Durango testing site slammed as COVID-19 cases spike

Emily Miera, a medical assistant with Axis Health System, places a COVID-19 test swab into a container after testing someone Tuesday at the San Juan Basin Public Health COVID-19 drive-thru testing site near the Durango Public Library. Viral spread has been increasing in La Plata County, causing long lines at the testing site.
Kelsey Pla with Animas Surgical Hospital checks in people Tuesday while about 60 people waited in line at the San Juan Basin Public Health COVID-19 testing site in Durango.
Steve Barkley, a code enforcement officer with the city Durango, directs traffic Tuesday that is backed up from the San Juan Basin Public Health COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in the 1900 block of East Third Avenue.
Signs direct people to the San Juan Basin Public Health COVID-19 testing site Tuesday near the Durango Public Library. SJBPH is focused on expanding its testing efforts in response to rising cases in La Plata and Archuleta counties.
Emily Miera with Axis Health System does a COVID-19 test on someone Tuesday at the San Juan Basin Public Health COVID-19 drive-thru testing site near the Durango Public Library.
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COVID-19 testing sites

Here is a list of COVID-19 testing sites available in La Plata County and the region:
Durango School District 9-RCedar Diagnostics, a Durango medical laboratory, provides emergency testing to Durango School District 9-R staff members and students 24 hours a day, seven days a week at no cost to students or district employees on 9-R’s health insurance.
Results are generally returned within three days.
As needed, 9-R and Cedar Diagnostics have been scheduling quick-access, drive-thru testing at schools that report COVID-19 issues.
Cedar DiagnosticsCedar Diagnostics provides testing sites in Durango, Cortez and Pagosa Springs. Tests cost $50 in Durango and Cortez, but most health insurance policies cover the fee. For those without health insurance, Cedar Diagnostics provides other options.
Durango, CortezDurango and Cortez residents should make appointments online on Cedar Diagnostics’ website www.cedardx.com/index.php/covid-19/ from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays.
Cedar Diagnostics’ Durango office is located at 450 South Camino del Rio, Suite 105. The office in Cortez is at 1011 North Mildred St.
Pagosa SpringsPagosa Springs residents should make appointments by calling 372-0456 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
No referrals or doctors’ orders are needed, and testing is open to all. No fee for tests are charged in Pagosa Springs.
Antibody testingAnyone who suspects past exposure, infection and recovery from the virus and is not actively contagious can get antibody testing at Cedar Diagnostics.
The fee for antibody testing is $30
For more information about the COVID-19 antibody tests offered by Cedar Diagnostics go to https://booking.appointy.com/cedardiagnostics/locations.
For the Durango and Cortez patient service centers, make an appointment online at https://booking.appointy.com/cedardiagnostics/locations. For the Pagosa Springs patient service center, call 372-0456.
Fort Lewis CollegeFLC students and employees can go to www.fortlewis.edu/covid19testing to register for a free test. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins will be queued.
Testing is offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays for FLC students and employees in the parking lot for the football stadium, Roy Dennison Memorial Field.
FLC is offering testing to certain first responders and other community partners from 7 to 8 a.m. Mondays to Fridays in the football stadium parking lot and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
SJBPH Community Testing SiteSan Juan Basin Public Health provides free nasal swab testing to anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or anyone who suspects exposure to the virus. SJBPH recommends waiting five or seven days after suspected exposure before testing to avoid false negative results.
The site is provided in cooperation with Animas Surgical Hospital, Axis Health System and Mercy Regional Medical Center.
The testing site closes promptly at 4:30 p.m., so early arrival is encouraged.
Normal times and dates: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays.Expanded hours: For Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday this week, expanded hours from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will be offered.Location: Durango Public Library overflow parking lot, East Third Avenue and 20th Street.Southwest Health SystemSouthwest Memorial Hospital, 1311 North Mildred St., Cortez, offers COVID-19 testing in a drive-thru clinic near at the EMS Building on the northwest section of the campus. Masks are required and tests are conducted while people remain in their vehicles.
The drive-thru clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The test is free with health insurance. A $5 processing fee is charged to people without health insurance.

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