Free community testing for COVID-19 at Adams State campus

Photo by Jade Winton Adams State will offer free COVID-19 testing on November 20 and 21. Pictured, an Adams State nursing student assists with the testing earlier in the semester

ALAMOSA  – Just in time for Thanksgiving. A free community-wide COVID-19 mass testing event will be held Nov. 20 and 21 on the campus of Adams State University.

The drive-thru testing event will be held in the McDaniel Hall parking lot on the Adams State campus, with tests conducted between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day.

Adams State is partnering with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Alamosa County Public Health, and the city of Alamosa to bring the mass testing event to campus.

Residents of communities from across the San Luis Valley can get tested on both dates, Nov. 20 and 21. Pre-registration is recommended. There also will be on-site registration. To pre-register please visit https://www.adams.edu/safe-return/testing. Individuals will get test results within 4 days of the test.

A walk-up testing site for Adams State students, faculty and staff will occur on Friday, Nov. 20, at McDaniel Hall. Students and employees should also pre-register. This walk-up testing site will be through the northwest doors of McDaniel Hall. Students and employees can also get tested on Saturday.

Community members will access the drive-thru testing area in the McDaniel parking lot from Third Street onto Richardson Avenue, which leads into the McDaniel parking lot. Vehicles will exit the testing site onto First Street.

“A drive-thru testing site at the Adams State campus ensures people across the San Luis Valley have access to free, fast, and easy COVID-19 testing,” said President Cheryl D. Lovell. “As cases are on the rise, it is more important than ever to test as many campus and community members as possible before the holidays to slow down the infection rate.

The November dates were selected to gauge any spread of the virus prior to the holidays. This is the second free COVID-19 testing on the Adams State campus. In September, almost 850 tests were administered.

"With high levels of COVID-19 illness in the San Luis Valley, there is an increased demand for testing” said Della Vieira, director of Alamosa County Public Health Department. “This event helps our healthcare system meet the demand. It is a timely opportunity for community members to get tested. Remember, testing is part of the overall strategy to control this virus but don’t forget to also wear a face covering, wash hands frequently, maintain physical distance, and avoid gatherings."

There are no age restrictions for the test, although ideally children under age 2 should be tested by a pediatrician.

Spanish-language services will be available at the testing site.

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