COVID-19 testing sites remain open in Archuleta and La Plata counties

SJBPH

Over the next month, community testing sites operated by COVIDCheck Colorado in partnership with San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will no longer offer rapid CUE testing to the public. The testing sites will remain open with expanded hours and an ample supply of highly accurate, free, and reliable PCR tests. These tests have an average turnaround time of 72 hours or less. 

The following is the last day on which CUE tests will be available: 

  • Archuleta County Community Testing Site: Sept. 30 
  • La Plata County Fairgrounds Community Testing Site: Sept. 30 
  • Fort Lewis College Community Testing Site: Oct. 15 

COVIDCheck Colorado has decided in coordination with CDPHE to cease offering the CUE COVID-19 tests in an effort to mitigate significant logistical and operational challenges experienced by staff. 

The federal government recently announced that it will invoke the Defense Production Act to increase production and supply of rapid testing. SJBPH is monitoring the situation, and if possible, will work to capitalize on increased rapid testing supply for Archuleta and La Plata counties. 

Testing continues to be a critical tool for identifying and investigating positive cases of COVID-19, preventing outbreaks, and limiting the spread of the virus. SJBPH encourages residents to get tested if they are symptomatic, think they’ve been exposed, or work in a high-contact job. There is no fee for testing at community testing sites. No appointment is needed, although pre-registration is strongly encouraged. 

Community testing sites in Archuleta and La Plata counties are open and will continue to provide high quality, reliable COVID-19 testing services to the public.  

Current days and hours of operation: 

Archuleta County Community Testing Site 

Location: 95 S. Pagosa Boulevard, Pagosa Springs (behind the Pagosa Springs Medical Center building) 

Hours 

  • Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

La Plata County Fairgrounds Community Testing Site 

Location: 2500 Main Ave, Durango (La Plata County Fairgrounds) 

Hours 

  • Open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Open on select Saturdays, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Oct. 30, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Fort Lewis College Community Testing Site 

Location: 1000 Rim Drive, Durango (Fort Lewis College parking lot near football stadium) 

Hours 

  • Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Open Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
  • Closed on select Saturdays, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Oct. 30 

The La Plata County Fairgrounds site will be open when the FLC site is closed on the Saturdays listed above. 

For information on COVID-19 testing for the general public, please visit: https://sjbpublichealth.org/testing/. 

Testing resources for businesses, organizations, and providers is available here: https://sjbpublichealth.org/testing-options/. 

To get a lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine, details for free and convenient clinics are available on the SJBPH website: https://sjbpublichealth.org/covid-19-vaccine/. 

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