Free Community COVID-19 PCR Testing

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Free Community PCR Testing is provided at the La Plata County Fairgrounds location through the collaboration of the State of Colorado, San Juan Basin Public Health, and Mako Medical.

Free lab-based PCR COVID testing is available for anyone who desires testing. Examples of reasons people may choose to be tested for Sars-CoV-2 include COVID-19 symptoms, those who believe they may have been exposed either through known contact or general community interaction, travel-related reasons, and people who are in frequent contact with the public.

Don’t get tested too early! Wait for five to seven days after exposure before getting tested. If you’re concerned that you have COVID-19, you should be isolating yourself for five days to protect others while you’re waiting to get tested and waiting for the results.

Important Info:

  • Walk up, bike up, drive-up welcome, no appointment needed–patients can report to the site at their convenience.
  • After testing, you can check your results online: https://mako.luminatehealth.com/
  • The registration process is outlined in the confirmation email you received.
  • For more information on registering, please view this video.
  • You MUST use the same name and date-of-birth for Luminate Health as you used when registering for testing in order to access results.
  • The booking ID you received is re-usable for any future tests.
Free Community Testing Site Location Days Hours Pre-Registration
La Plata County La Plata County Fairgrounds 2500 Main Ave, Durango.

The site will offer WALK-UP testing ONLY on the following days:

  • Wed Aug 10 – Sat Aug 13

The site will be CLOSED from Sept 22 – Sept 25.

Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm https://mako.exchange/scheduler/registration/?location=7307
Friday & Saturday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm https://mako.exchange/scheduler/registration/?location=7307

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Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Free At-Home Tests Available at SJBPH Offices

  • Free at-home rapid tests for COVID-19 are available at the front desk of SJBPH offices in Pagosa Springs and Durango. 4 test kits are available per person, up to 8 tests total. Supply is limited and tests will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • iHealth rapid test shelf life extended to nine months. On March 29, 2022, the FDA authorized a request to extend the shelf life of iHealth COVID-19 antigen rapid tests from 6 months to 9 months. SJBPH distributes iHealth rapid tests as part of Colorado’s rapid at-home testing program. Community members can feel confident using these rapid at-home tests up to three months beyond the original expiration date printed on the outside of the package.

SJBPH OFFICE HOURS AND LOCATIONS:

Durango Office
Monday through Friday from 8 am – 5 pm
281 Sawyer Drive

Pagosa Springs Office
Monday through Friday, 8 am -12 pm & 1 pm – 5 pm
502 S. 8th Street

Free Federal At-Home Test Shipment Program

  • Order 4 free test online at covidtests.gov. Tests will typically ship within 7 to 12 days of ordering.

Report Your At-home Rapid Testing Results

  • Thank you for reporting your rapid at-home antigen test result. Please report your positive result with 24-hours to the CDPHE’s “Rapid Test Reporting” portal.
  • Create an account, then select test type “At-home antigen – self reported” If you are unable to report your positive result on the website, you can also report your positive results to San Juan Basin Public Health by calling (970) 585-6185. 
  • Further instructions and what to do if you are positive can be found at CDPHE’s Instructions for rapid at-home antigen testing”.

Reporting for Point-of-Care Providers, Schools, Camps, and Organizations

Types of Testing

PCR Testing

  • The best test for people who are testing once, are asymptomatic, have been vaccinated, and/or have no known exposure.

Other Sources for Sars-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Testing

  • Your primary health care provider may offer testing.
  • Other health care facilities include those listed below.

Contact Location For Additional Information

  • Contact each testing location to get information about turnaround times for results.
  • Some sites may require appointments.
  • Billing practices vary by testing location.
  • Primary care providers may have COVID-19 testing available for established patients of their practice. Contact your PCP for more information.
  • Test Methods:
    • PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction): Detects viral RNA. This is the gold standard for COVID-19 testing. PCR testing is often sent to a reference lab. Request information from the testing site about how long it will take to obtain results
    • Rapid Antigen: Detects viral proteins of Sars-CoV-2. Results are often available the same day.
    • Molecular: Detects viral RNA. Can be rapid with results available the same day. Methods of molecular tests include PCR, RT-PCR, LAMP, NAAT, and CRISPR. Contact site to determine which method is used.
  • Durango Urgent Care and Pagosa Medical Group testing is for symptomatic patients
  • Animas Surgical Hospital provides limited rapid testing for symptomatic patients with billable insurance. Travel testing at the Urgent Care location only, an appointment is needed. Cost of the travel test is $100.

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Location Phone Number PCR Rapid Antigen Rapid Molecular Platform
Animas Surgical Hospital

Travel testing at the Urgent Care location only, an appointment is needed. Cost of the travel test is $100.

(970) 247-3537 X (*Insured Patients and Customers only) Abbot ID NOW
(*Symptomatic only)
Durango Urgent Care (970) 247-8382 X (*Symptomatic only) BD Veritor
Pagosa Springs Medical Group (970) 372-0456 X X (*Symptomatic only) PCR & Alere
Walgreens See local store X X PCR

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COVID Testing for Travel

SJBPH has limited testing resources. These testing resources are intended to limit the spread of community transmission and are not specifically designed for travel purposes. Travelers should plan in advance to meet their travel requirements.

Check your destination’s COVID-19 situation and travel requirements before traveling. Countries may have their own entry and exit requirements.

Domestic travel (within the United States or to a U.S. territory)

  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is recommended in indoor areas of public transportation (including airplanes) and indoors in U.S. transportation hubs (including airports). 
  • Do not travel if you have COVID-19 symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test, or had close contact with a person with COVID-19 and are recommended to quarantine. 
  • Consider getting tested for current infection with a viral test as close to the time of departure as possible (no more than 3 days) before travel. 
  • For more information, see Domestic Travel During COVID-19.

International travel

  • As of 12:01AM ET on June 12, 2022, CDC will no longer require air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight.
  • For more information, see International Travel During COVID-19.

For Information about re-entering the United States after international travel see the CDC website.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html