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Rapid COVID-19 tests available for residents without insurance

Rapid COVID-19 tests available for residents without insurance

As the COVID-19 public health crisis continues and the number of new cases rise, the city is committed to protecting the public’s health. To that end, the city has partnered with Adams County to bring a 44 foot RV/mobile COVID-19 rapid testing site to The MAC Recreation Center at 3295 West 72nd Avenue for uninsured residents and people experiencing homelessness.

A second site is at the former Adams County Human Services building, located at 7190 Colorado Blvd. in Commerce City.

Testing and medical services are administered by Advanced Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine.

The testing site at The MAC is initially open Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but additional hours or days may be added. The former Adams County Human Services building location will be open every Friday from 2-7 p.m., but also may expand. The testing program at both sites are scheduled to continue through the fall.

These sites seek to provide COVID-19 testing for those without insurance. If individuals have insurance, they may be referred to the nearest Advanced Urgent Care location. Depending on insurance coverage, there may be applicable co-pays.

The test includes a telehealth consultation with a health care provider, so the testing process may provide results in approximately 15 minutes, but participants should plan for at least an hour for the entire process.

No appointment is needed at the testing sites and residents will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, you do not have to be symptomatic to get the test.

“We are proud to partner with Adams County, along with healthcare and nonprofit organizations, to increase COVID-19 testing opportunities for the Westminster community,” said Westminster Mayor Herb Atchison.  “We are especially focused on providing testing for individuals who do not have health insurance benefits at this time because the needs are so significant across our community.”

The initiative is one of several the city has implemented as part of its WestyRISE recovery efforts. Other programs include business grants, housing resources and the ongoing Westy Front Porch Food Drive.

The site at The MAC was coordinated by the city’s Innovation and Communication Division, Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department, IT Department, Fire Department, Police Department and the Economic Development Department.

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