As residents respond to the health recommendation to be tested for COVID-19, patients are being asked to book appointments online through UMC's website before arriving at the drive-thru and walk-up testing sites set up at the Texas Station parking garage or UNLV's Tropicana parking garage next to the Thomas & Mack Center. The sites will be closed Friday, July 3, through Sunday, July 5, in observance of the July Fourth holiday. They will resume operations Monday, July 6, and offer testing six days a week next week instead of five, before returning to their normal operating schedule of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
Both testing sites are conducting hundreds of tests a day – 1,647 on Tuesday at the UNLV Tropicana site and 1,750 at Texas Station, which opened June 23. Since Clark County, UMC and other community partners opened their first drive-thru site operation at the Orleans Hotel on May 5, 64,695 tests have been conducted, including 30,937 at UNLV and 8,275 at Texas Station. To help prevent delays for community members seeking testing, patients who arrive without appointments may be asked to register online and return for testing at the time of their scheduled appointments, depending on patient volume and available staffing resources.
"Our residents are turning out in record numbers to get tested at our two drive-thru sites and that is good news in terms of getting accurate data on how widespread COVD-19 is in our community," said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick. "As we continue to expand our community's testing capacity, we encourage residents to schedule their appointments online at these sites so we can accommodate as many people as possible as efficiently as possible."
"We need people to get tested so we have accurate data about the outbreak," said Lawrence Weekly, Chairman of the UMC Board of Trustees, whose Clark County Commission district includes Texas Station. "As we enter the July Fourth holiday weekend, we also need to remind people to wear face coverings when they are out in public, wash their hands regularly, and try to limit the size of any social gatherings to immediate family members as much as possible."
The UNLV Tropicana site is located in the parking garage next to the Thomas & Mack Center off Tropicana Avenue and University Drive. The Texas Station site is located in the parking garage on the south side of the property off Rancho Drive at 2101 Texas Star Lane in North Las Vegas. Both sites are being operated by Clark County and UMC in partnership with the Nevada National Guard. The sites are open to anyone, whether they are exhibiting symptoms of the virus or not, including children. There are no out-of-pocket costs to patients. Drive-thru testing is available for people arriving in enclosed vehicles. Residents who arrive on foot, bicycle or motorcycle are also encouraged to book appointments online.
Appointments can be self-scheduled through UMC's website at www.umcsn.com. From UMC's home page, click on the "UMC COVID-19 Testing Center" banner, select the "Public" option from the drop-down menu and chose the proper testing location. Those with no online access or limited access may call UMC at (702) 383-2619 to schedule appointments. Patients are asked to arrive about 15 minutes prior to their appointment time to get checked in and directed to a testing station.
Officials are working to offer a variety of COVID-19 testing options to the public, including one and two-day testing events scheduled in various locations throughout Southern Nevada. A calendar of free COVID-19 testing events sponsored by the Southern Nevada Health District is available on the agency's website at https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/covid-19-testing-sites. In partnership with the Clark County School District, Clark County and the Health District are hosting a schedule of Friday and Saturday testing events in July at different middle school locations on the east side of the valley. No appointment is necessary. Tests are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be done from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at each location. Testing dates and locations are: July 10-11, Courtney Middle School, 5301 E. Hacienda Ave., 89122; July 17-18, Monaco Middle School, 1870 N. Lamont St., 89115; July 24-25 Jerome Mack Middle School, 4250 E. Karen Ave., 89121; July 30-Aug. 1, Roy Martin Middle School, 200 N. 28 St., 89101. A calendar COVID-19 testing events sponsored by the Health District is available in English and Spanish on its website at www.SNHD.info/covid. The state of Nevada also is offering a COVID-19 test finding locator tool on its website at www.healthresponse.nv.gov.
A new Spanish-language, education campaign called "Esta En Tus Manos" (It's in your hands) was launched this eek in an effort to provide more resources to the local Hispanic community about COVID-19. The effort incudes a website at estaentusmanosnevada.com to serve as an informational hub for the Hispanic community to find testing locations, health care and other resources to help people dealing with impacts from the virus.
Residents with general questions about COVID-19 can call the Southern Nevada Health District's Information Phone Line at (702) 759-INFO (4636), between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Recommended actions to limit the spread of the virus include:
- Wash your hands often.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched items such as your cell phone, doorknobs and countertops.
- Maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing per person for non-household members.
- Wear a face covering in public places and when around people from other households.
- All vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place as much as possible. Those at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 as defined by CDC guidelines include people 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions such as lung disease, heart conditions and severe obesity.
- Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that returning to work and other environments where distancing is not practical could carry the virus back home. Precautions should be taken to isolate vulnerable residents.
- If tested positive for COVID-19, an individual must quarantine and stay home for two weeks. Contacts of individuals who test positive for the virus must stay home for two weeks or until a negative test result has been received.
- Remember we are in this together and we'll get through this together. For information about our community's response to COVID-19 visit www.InItTogetherSNV.com.