coronavirus

​FREE COVID-19 Drive-Up Testing

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

The Thornton Fire Department is offering free, drive-up COVID-19 testing for all adults and children 12 years and older.

**No residency required**

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your symptoms follow this link for a list of nurselines: https://covid19.colorado.gov/do-you-have-symptoms/telehealth-nurselines-directory


SCHEDULE YOUR TEST

  • Please utilize the Sign-Up Genius to schedule your appointment.  We encourage pre-registration for a faster check-in and results turnaround. However, we will also accept drive-ups on the day of testing.

  • Should you need assistance with scheduling your appointment, please call 303-538-7420.

WHEN

  • Appointments will be scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on:

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

  • City of Thornton Infrastructure Maintenance Center, back parking lot.  This is a drive-up testing site and people will be waiting in their vehicles. From Washington Street, turn east on 126th Avenue and follow the directional signs.  See map link on the right. 

CONFIDENTIALITY

Registration through Sign Up Genius will act as your consent for testing.  The information provided during registration will automatically populate into the State of Colorado Laboratory testing form in order to process your test. 

Your consent is for one time 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

COST

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.

TYPE OF TEST

  • 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 the State Laboratory for analysis.

  • You will be called with results, which are typically returned within three to five business days.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • The test is a nasal swab. This test is  open for 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. 

WHY SHOULD I GET TESTED?  I FEEL FINE AND HAVEN'T BEEN AROUND ANYONE WITH SYMPTOMS.

  • 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.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Post last name in the driver's side window before check in 

  • Bring a photo ID

    • Drivers License
    • Passport
    • School ID
    • Consular ID
  • For your safety and the safety of the staff at the testing site, please wear a protective mask or face covering.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE TEST

It may take up to 10  business days for the State to process the results and contact you.  If it has been longer than 10 business days and you have not received your test results from the State, please contact their result line at 303-692-2700.

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.

WHAT'S NEXT? 

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 www.cdc.gov 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. 

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR SYMPTOMS GET WORSE

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.

REASONS TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY:

  • Trouble breathing

  • Persistent pain or pressure in chest

  • Feeling confused

  • Difficulty waking up or staying awake

  • Bluish lips or face 

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