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Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH) has organized two new, free ​Community Testing Clinics this week; Tuesday, July 14, and Thursday, July 16. Testing for the coronavirus known as COVID-19 will be done from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on both those days at the Touber Building. located at 448 East First Street, Salida.

CDC COVID-19-testkit sample. Courtesy photo.

As the county begins to see an uptick in positive cases of the coronavirus known as COVID-19, testing is seen as a major public health strategy to understand where the virus is spreading and how fast it is moving.

The county does have criteria to be considered for testing:

  • Any community member (or others who consider Chaffee County their medical home) who is showing symptoms
  • Any asymptomatic patient who has had a known contact (within 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes) with a positive case or has traveled in an area with high rates of transmission. This does not include secondary contacts.
  • All healthcare workers, first responders, senior care facility workers, and essential workers who directly interact with the public while working, whether or not those individuals have symptoms.

Testing is by appointment only​.  Appointments must be scheduled by close of business the day before the testing clinic will be held.

Those interested in testing should call Public Health at 719-539-4510 to be screened and scheduled for testing. Those with severe respiratory symptoms should contact their primary care provider directly.

Last week CCPH and HRRMC tested 97 people in two clinics this week. It expects to conduct at least that number of tests this week.