FREE At-Home Rapid Tests

SJBPH is pleased to announce free at-home rapid tests for COVID-19 are now 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. Report positive results to the CDPHE at https://covidrapidtests.colorado.gov or to San Juan Basin Public Health at covidreports@sjbpublichealth.org or (970) 585-6185.
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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.
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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 Community COVID-19 PCR Testing

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Free Community Testing is provided at the following locations through the collaboration of the State of Colorado, San Juan Basin Public Health, and Colorado COVID Check.

Community Testing Sites will provide free lab-based PCR COVID testing to 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 at most locations
  • Preregistration for testing is strongly encouraged
  • Test results will be emailed, and notification received via text. If you did not receive a text or email when your test results were ready, please contact the support team: support@covidcheckcolorado.org, or call 720-419-1087.

Important Notices

Please note: most test results will be delivered in 1.5 to 2 days. 

COVIDCheck Colorado strongly encourages the community to schedule appointments and to show up at the scheduled time. This will significantly improve people’s experience onsite and cut down on additional wait times. It will also allow COVIDCheck Colorado to accommodate those that are walking up because they are unable to make an appointment in advance. For help making an appointment, COVIDCheck Colorado’s Customer Experience team is available to assist. They can be reached at support@covidcheckcolorado.org or by calling 720-419-1087.

Free Community Testing Sites Location Days Hours Pre-Registration Strongly Encouraged
Archuleta County 95 S. Pagosa Blvd (behind the Pagosa Springs Medical Center building).

Note: the site will be open on Memorial Day, May 30.

Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm covidcheckcolorado.org
Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm covidcheckcolorado.org
La Plata County La Plata County Fairgrounds 2500 Main Ave, Durango.

*The site is open from 8 am – 12 pm on select Saturdays, alternating with the Fort Lewis College location.

Note, the site will be CLOSED on the following days: 5/26, 5/27, 5/28, 5/30, 5/31, 6/1, 6/2, 6/3, 6/4. The FLC site will be open on these days.

Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm primarybio.com/l/cdphe
Friday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm primarybio.com/l/cdphe
*Open on these Saturdays:

  • 6/11
  • 6/25
8:00 am – 12:00 pm primarybio.com/l/cdphe
La Plata County Fort Lewis College 1000 Rim Drive, Durango (parking lot near football field).

*The site is open from 8 am – 12 pm on select Saturdays, alternating with the La Plata County Fairgrounds location.

Note: the site will be open on Memorial Day, May 30.

Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 3:00 pm primarybio.com/l/cdphe
*Open on these Saturdays:

  • 5/28
  • 6/4
  • 6/18
8:00 am – 12:00 pm primarybio.com/l/cdphe

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Providers, Schools, and Organizations

Click Here for Testing Resources

Looking for Test Results?

Please note: turnaround time for test results from our community testing sites is about 1.5 to 2 days.

In order to receive your test results:

  1. When you register with Primarybio, you will be sent an email.

  2. You MUST click the link in this email.

  3. You MUST give permission to transmit their results electronically by putting in their first and last name at the bottom of this link.

  4. If you do not do follow the steps above, CCC cannot transmit the results to you.

Types of Testing

PCR Testing

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

Rapid COVID-19 Tests

CUE testing has been phased out by CDPHE and COVIDCheck Colorado and is no longer available at community testing sites in La Plata and Archuleta counties. The federal government has announced 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.

Free Federal At-Home Test Shipment Program

Free COVID-19 test will be available for every household and to promote broad access the initial program will allow four (4) free tests to be requested at a residential address. Starting January 19th Americans will be able to order their test online at covidtests.gov. Tests will typically ship within 7 to 12 days of ordering. To ensure equity and access for all Americans the administration will also launch a call line to help those unable to access the website to place orders, and work with national and local community-based organizations to support the nation’s hardest hit and highest risk communities in requiring tests.

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 PCR

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COVID Testing for Travel

SJBPH has limited community 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. SJBPH does not have the resources to help with every traveler’s testing needs.

Each destination/organization determines its specific COVID testing requirements. Testing for travel clearance may be available at any of the sites listed above including the community testing sites depending on the requirements of your destination. You will need the following information to find the appropriate testing:

  1. Timeframe for test results. Often results must be obtained within 24 hours to 72 hours before travel.

  2. Type of test accepted. Types of test results that might be required include PCR (polymerase chain reaction), NAA (nucleic acid amplification), and antigen testing.  Antibody testing should not be used for the purpose of travel clearance.

  3. Confirm that all required information will be provided on a report of the result.

  4. Inquire about cost. Facilities may charge a fee for clearance testing.

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

  • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get a SARS-CoV-2 viral test before or after domestic travel, unless testing is required by local, state, or territorial health authorities.
  • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine following domestic travel.
  • For more information, see Domestic Travel During COVID-19.

International travel

  • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before leaving the United States unless required by their destination.
  • Fully vaccinated air travelers coming to the United States from abroad, including U.S. citizens, are still required to have a negative SARS-CoV-2 viral test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States.
  • International travelers arriving in the United States are still recommended to get a SARS-CoV-2 viral test 3-5 days after travel regardless of vaccination status.
  • Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine in the United States following international travel.
  • 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

Testing is required if you will return to the United States by air travel:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html