Colorado Springs test site expands to provide testing for those over 65

Colorado health officials believe there are 4-10 times more COVID-19 cases than currently reported
Posted at 5:50 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 19:50:07-04

EL PASO COUNTY — The El Paso County Public Health Department announced that the FEMA-sponsored COVID-19 testing site in Colorado Springs is now expanding to provide testing for individuals over 65 years who have symptoms of COVID-19.

The symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

The site is currently providing testing for health care workers and first responders.

According to the Health Department, beginning Sunday, April 5, the site will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the following people are encouraged to get tested.

  • Health care workers
  • First responders
  • Individuals who are over 65 years and are experiencing symptoms

The site is located at 175 S. Union Blvd. in the back parking lot. Individuals only need to bring a picture ID and insurance information if they have it. Qualified individuals will be tested, regardless of insurance status. There is no cost for testing and no need to have a doctor's prescription. The site is drive-through and no one will need to get out of their car. The Health Department also asks that only those being tested come to the site.

“We are grateful for the support of our federal partners at FEMA,” said Lisa Powell, El Paso County Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program Manager. “The ability to expand local testing capability is an incredible resource, and it gives us the opportunity to provide expedited testing for our most vulnerable populations.”

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