Free COVID-19 testing site to open in Centennial

Location in central Centennial along Arapahoe Road to open Nov. 2

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Arapahoe County, Tri-County Health Department and the City of Centennial partnered to open a free COVID-19 testing site in central Centennial near the city hall.

The testing site will sit at Centennial Center Park at 13050 E. Peakview Ave., not far from East Arapahoe Road and South Peoria Street. The site was to open on Nov. 2 and will offer drive-up testing from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, according to a news release.

Recent increases in COVID-19 cases statewide and in Arapahoe County have prompted state public health officials to move the county to greater restrictions under the state's safer-at-home policy, affecting capacity at businesses, restaurants, places of worship and other settings.

The restrictions could become more severe — and could ultimately lead to a stay-at-home order — if the county is unable to improve upon its rate of new cases.

Testing at the Centennial site is open to anyone — no ID, health insurance or appointments are required, but visitors are encouraged to reduce wait times by pre-registering at tinyurl.com/CentennialTestingSite. Results are expected to be available within four days of a test. No doctor's order is required.

“Anyone who thinks they might have been exposed to COVID-19 should get tested, even if they feel asymptomatic,” Nate Fogg, Arapahoe County's emergency manager, said in the news release. “The more people get tested, the more we can track the spread of the virus and begin to reverse the trends by taking the appropriate health measures.”

The Centennial location fills a service gap and is expected to draw residents from nearby locations, including Aurora, Littleton and Douglas County, the release said.

“We are happy to be able to provide a location that will bring additional testing for Centennial and our surrounding communities. Having a testing site that is free, with no doctor's order required, and close to home or work will provide citizens with the ability to continue to manage their day-to-day lives with more certainty,” Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko said in the release. “I appreciate the partnership between the State of Colorado, Arapahoe County and the City of Centennial on making this happen.”

The Centennial testing site is funded by Arapahoe County CARES, a program created to help disperse the $114.5 million the county received from the federal government under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The testing site will be run by MAKO Medical Laboratories. For more information about testing sites in the Denver metro area, see Tri-County Health's website at tchd.org/827/Free-COVID-19-Testing-Sites. Tri-County Health is the local health agency for Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

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