​FREE COVID-19 Drive-Up Testing


  • The Thornton Fire Department is offering free, drive-up COVID-19 testing for both adults and children.

  • If you are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must accompany you on the day of testing.

  • *It is recommended to wait 7 days to seek a test if related to an exposure.*

  • **No residency required**

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your symptoms follow this link for a list of nurselines:



Thornton Fire Department is offering mobile COVID 19 testing at no charge for any City of Thornton business, organization, or association. We will come to your site or set up remotely where it may be convenient for your employees, customers, or members. Please call our COVID response team with questions or details at 720-556-3717.


  • Visitors are strongly encouraged to pre-register to expedite the process at the testing site. Those seeking a test can pre-register here, clicking on the URL (, using the short-cut to the right or scan the QR code below to register.  

  • When registering make sure to double check the spelling of your name and your date of birth. This information must be correct to receive your results.

  • Upon completing registration you will receive an email with your registration number beginning with MX – bring this number to the site on day of testing in order to proceed with your test.

  • For more information please review the testing instruction sheet link on the right.

  • Should you need assistance with registration, please call 303-538-7420.



Thornton Fire Department only conducts testing on: 

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  

Below are a list of dates and testing times currently available for pre-registration:


9 AM - 2 PM


9 AM - 2 PM


9 AM - 2 PM


9 AM - 5PM

​Tuesday, November 24Wednesday, November 25
​Site - Closed

Friday, November 27
​Site - Closed

​Saturday, November 28
​Tuesday, December 1
Wednesday, December 2
Friday, December 4
​Saturday, December 5

Please note we do not accept appointments. The time is merely a time stamp.

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  • On day of testing please bring your registration confirmation email or have it readily available on your smart device.

If you are unable to make these testing dates, there are multiple hospitals, state, local and private labs capable of conducting the testing of swabs for COVID-19. To find a location near you, view the link for testing site locations on the right.

WHERE *New Location*

  • City of Thornton Maintenance Services Center, 8651 Colorado Boulevard (follow signs and cones). This is a drive-up testing site, please do not park and get out of your vehicle. The testing site is south of the intersection at 88th & Colorado Boulevard, follow the directional signs. See map link on the right. 


Registration through MAKO Medical will act as your consent for testing.  The information provided during registration will automatically populate into the MAKO Laboratory testing form in order to process your test. 

Your consent is for testing for COVID-19 and should you test positive, you may receive follow up communication from Thornton Fire Department, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, and/or your local Health Department. 

Your information and your test results will be protected and kept confidential and will only be shared with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and your local Health Department as required by state law.

The Thornton Fire Department may use your de-identified information to improve and support our public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, de-identified information may be used to determine the number of residents tested per district to support directing resources to underserved areas.

Read our Notice of Privacy Practices for Health Data


There is no cost. However, if you have a health care provider, you are encouraged to seek testing through your provider first.

  • No insurance or prescription/referral is required.


  • This type of nasopharyngeal test (nasal-swab) detects the real-time presence of active COVID-19 viruses.

  • This is not anti-body testing to determine the past infection in recovered patients and does not determine any level of immunity to COVID-19.

  • Collected specimens are couriered to MAKO Laboratory for analysis.

TFD Now Offering FREE Rapid COVID-19 Test.  Rapid COVID Tests suspended until further notice.

  • Beginning Tuesday, October 27 Thornton Fire will begin offering FREE Rapid Antigen testing to those with COVID-19 symptoms. 

  • Rapid tests will be limited to 100 per day.  A rapid test requires a PCR Swab in addition to a rapid test, you will receive two tests (swabs).


  • Results will be available in two to four days.

  • To get your results, text "MAKO" 66349 or visit to set up an account.  

    • Once you have set up your personal MAKO account you will be able to access test results and print any necessary documents.

  • If you are having troubling accessing your results, please contact MAKO at 844-625-6522, or submit a support ticket via the website:

    •  NOTE: Please do not call the lab unless four full days have passed.


  • The test is a nasal swab. This test is open to anyone with or without symptoms and will detect the real time presence of active COVID-19 viruses. It will NOT tell you if you had COVID in the past. 

  • The test takes just a couple of minutes. Testers will ask you to tilt your head back and gently insert a swab, similar to a long q-tip, into your nasal passage. 


  • Getting tested allows our Public Health team to compile a COVID-19 data baseline which helps with early detection of outbreaks and in making informed public health decisions.

  • Negative results show that the community is taking necessary health precautions to stay SAFE and stay OPEN.


  • Post the last four digits of your confirmation number (MX#) and your date of birth on the driver's side window before check in or have it readily available on your smart device.

  • For your safety and the safety of the staff at the testing site, please wear a protective mask or face covering.


Results will be available in two to four days. To get your results, text "MAKO" 66349 or set up an account. If you are having troubling accessing your results, please submit a support ticket via the MAKO website. 

It remains important to minimize community spread of COVID-19 and limit your exposure by staying at home as much as possible.  When you do leave home, practice social distancing, do not gather in groups of more than 10, wear a protective cloth face covering, and wash or sanitize your hands frequently.


Regardless of your test results, we know this is a difficult and stressful time. If you need to talk with someone about how you are feeling, Colorado Crisis Services offers free, professional and confidential 24/7 support. Call 1-844-493-8255 or text "TALK" to 38255. Stay informed by visiting for the most up to date information related to COVID-19.

Your test is positive

  • Stay at home, avoid public places and public transportation (buses, light rail) until you have your test results.

  • Separate yourself from other household members. Use a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible. 

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds 

  • Keep children and other close contacts at home if they are sick 

  • You will receive a phone call from the Public Health department to learn if you have potentially infected others in your community. 

  • Please remain isolated from others until you have had no fever for 72 hours, your symptoms have improved, and it has been at least 10 days since your symptoms first appeared. 

Your test is negative

  • COVID-19 was not found in your test.

  • In the early stages of the virus, it may not be detected, and you could get sick later.

  • It is important that you stay at home until your symptoms improve, wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols to protect yourself and those around you. 


Seek medical attention. Please call ahead if possible before going to any health care facility. Tell them your symptoms and that you were tested for COVID-19. Share the results if you have them. If not, let them know you are waiting for your results.


  • Trouble breathing

  • Persistent pain or pressure in chest

  • Feeling confused

  • Difficulty waking up or staying awake

  • Bluish lips or face 

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