Expanded Free COVID-19 Rapid Testing Offered for Uninsured
As part of its COVID-19 emergency response and recovery strategy, Adams County has expanded its free COVID-19 testing program to include new locations and rapid testing exclusively for Adams and Jefferson County residents who do not have health insurance or are experiencing homelessness. Family members are also invited to be tested. Testing sites for community members with insurance can be found here: tchd.org/827/Testing-for-COVID-19.
Adams County is offering two new testing locations, with hopes to expand to more locations in the coming months. The two locations and times are:
- The MAC Recreation Center
3295 W. 72nd Ave., Westminster
Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27
- Former Adams County Human Services Building
7190 Colorado Blvd., Commerce City
Fridays, 2 – 7 p.m., Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28 (additional dates may be added to this location)
Registration is not required and there is no cost for the rapid test for uninsured residents. Individuals will be served on a first-come, first-served basis each Thursday and Friday during the five hours. Results will be provided within 15 minutes of the test.
“As we continue to identify and implement initiatives to assist residents across the county during this pandemic, we are grateful for partners like the City of Westminster as we collaborate to serve our communities,” said Adams County Commissioner, Charles “Chaz” Tedesco. “This partnership will provide necessary testing for those in our community who need it the most but may not have access due to lack of insurance.”
The testing sites will use the new COVID-19 nasal swab Rapid Test, and patients will receive a positive/negative result within 15 minutes. The entire testing process can take up to one hour to complete.
Advanced Urgent Care is the healthcare provider participating in the program. Their Rapid Test procedure has been approved by the FDA, Tri-County Health Department, and the Jefferson County Health Department.
“The Westminster community has asked us to find ways to help people with COVID-19 testing, and we’re proud to be partnering with Adams County, along with healthcare and nonprofit organizations to make that possible,” 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,” he added.
The mobile testing site is especially designed for people who have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. A person does not need to be symptomatic, and family members are also invited to be tested.
Testing will be available to Adams and Jefferson County residents through the end of November. Testing sites may change depending on the needs of the community. Updates can be found on our Response & Recovery website.
In addition, laundry and shower services will be available for those experiencing homelessness at the Irving Street Library – 7392 Irving St., Westminster – around the corner from the Westminster testing location – Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., weather permitting, through October.
Showers are offered on a first-come, first-served basis with the last shower at 1:30 p.m. There are six washers and dryers which can do up to 30 loads. Washing and drying a load takes about an hour. Visitors can drop off up to two 10-pound bags of dirty clothes and bedding. Laundry services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.