The COVID-19 Community Testing Site at Conour Hall on the ASU campus will continue to offer testing five days a week according to Alamosa County Public Health Department (ACPHD). New days and hours of operation will be 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday, starting Tuesday, January 17. Testing will be PCR tests by nasal swab, with results being available in 48 to 72 hours.
To deal with the distance from the designated parking places in the Conour Hall parking lot, testing site staff will come to your car to do testing, if wanted. The phone number to request a staff member come to the parking lot is 800-959-0465.
“It is important for citizens in the San Luis Valley to have access to no-cost PCR testing as well as having expanded testing already in place in case there is a surge in COVID-19,” stated Beverly Strnad, ACPHD Interim Director. “We are fortunate to have partnerships with ASU and Mako Labs in order to provide this service, since state support of all community testing sites ended January 15.”
Persons who have a medical provider, and particularly those at increased risk for severe illness, are encouraged to seek medical evaluation and testing with their provider. The community testing site provides a COVID-19 testing opportunity in addition to provider testing and home antigen tests, which are widely available. Community members are encouraged to have home antigen test kits, which are available at no cost, and utilize the community testing site if needed as well. If a home test is positive, it is not necessary to confirm with PCR testing, although some persons may wish to do so. If a person has COVID-like symptoms and a negative home test, it is a good idea to get a PCR test, as it is more sensitive.
For questions about COVID-19 testing or vaccination, please call Alamosa County Public Health at 719-589-6639 or visit the San Luis Valley Public Health Partnership webpage at slvphp.com.