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Chaffee County Public Health in collaboration with Chaffee County EMS has announced that they will be hosting a free COVID-19 Community Testing Clinic from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 5 at 114 Linderman Avenue, Buena Vista. This clinic will be in addition to the normal Tuesday/Thursday clinics held each week in Salida.

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

This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC is shipping the test kits to laboratories CDC has designated as qualified, including U.S. state and local public health laboratories, Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and select international laboratories. The test kits are bolstering global laboratory capacity for detecting SARS-CoV-2 (Photo courtesy of CDC)

Criteria for testing includes:

  • Any community member (or others who consider Chaffee County their medical home) who is showing symptoms
  • Any asymptomatic patient who has a known contact (within 6 feet, 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 or not.

“Staffing shortages and testing logistics have made a Buena Vista testing clinic very challenging until now. We are happy to be providing this service to the northern end of the county and hope to provide additional clinics in the future,” said Says CCPH Nurse Cassondra Franco. “Though testing turnaround time is still not ideal, we have started to see results returning a little quicker than a few weeks back. Tests results are taking on average, five days to be reported.”

Those interested in testing, 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.