Testing began at Paco Sanchez Park and Montbello Rec Center this week as the city discontinues its large-scale testing operation at the Pepsi Center.
The City and County of Denver launched its community-based COVID-19 testing program on October 1 with testing sites at Paco Sanchez Park near the intersection of Interstate-70 and Federal Blvd and Montbello Recreation Center near Chambers Rd. and 53rd Ave.
Denver had been offering a large-scale COVID-19 testing center at the Pepsi Center starting in May. The city began scaling back the operation last month in anticipation of moving to a more localized, community-based plan for testing. The Pepsi Center testing site closed September 30.
Today is the official launch of @CityofDenver’s community-based #COVID-19 testing at Paco Sanchez Park (1290 Knox Ct). Throughout the coming weeks, we will work to set up 3 additional sites in locations TBD. Visit https://t.co/F2XNyaIkfQ for more info! @MayorHancock pic.twitter.com/LMvaNv40X4— Denver Public Health & Environment (@DDPHE) October 1, 2020
The community test sites are operated in partnership with Denver Public Health and several community organizations. Tests are free and results are available within 3-5 business days. People who wish to be tested can fill out a registration form online on the city's website. The form provides information, including that the test consists of a swab at the front of the nose, and asks several questions about symptoms.
Community-based #COVID-19 testing at Paco Sanchez Park this morning offers walk-up and drive-thru testing. This location will serve as a fixed community testing hub. Visit https://t.co/F2XNyaZV7o for hours of operation and additional info! @CityofDenver @MayorHancock pic.twitter.com/d4oGmDSi9r— Denver Public Health & Environment (@DDPHE) October 1, 2020
Paco Sanchez Park will continue to be a site for testing throughout October, with 29 testing days scheduled there throughout the month. Other testing sites include the Montbello Rec Center; Green Valley Ranch Community Pool; Abraham Lincoln High School; Montbello High School; the Center for African American Health; Denver Indian Center; Re:Vision; Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy & Research, Organization; and Denver Human Services.
Test locations are subject to change, and new locations are being added, so check the city's website for up-to-date information before heading to a testing site.