Clark County, in collaboration with the Southern Nevada Health District, American Medical Response and the Moapa Valley Revitalization Project, will offer free COVID-19 testing on Saturday, June 20, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Fine Arts Building of the Clark County Fairgrounds, 1301 Whipple Ave., in Logandale. The testing is available to residents of Moapa, Moapa Valley and the neighboring communities.
No appointment is needed for the testing. The walk-in site will have about 400 self-administered nasal swab tests available on a first-come, first-served basis. Testing is open to anyone, including children. Patients are asked to wear face coverings, and to bring identification and provide their phone numbers. All results, positive or negative, are reported to the Health District. Patients will receive results by phone within a week.
The type of testing available is polymerase chain reaction tests, better known as PCR tests, which show whether someone currently has COVID-19.
"Clark County has been working with the Health District and other community partners to make testing as widely available as possible in Southern Nevada," said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick, whose District B includes the Moapa Valley area. "The more people who are tested the better our understanding is of where the virus is in our community and how we can stop it from spreading. Testing also is easy, and it gives people some peace of mind that they and their family members are safe and not carrying the virus without knowing it."
Officials are working steadily to expand COVID-19 testing options for the public. A calendar listing COVID-19 testing events sponsored by the Health District is posted on its website at https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/covid-19-testing-sites. The state of Nevada also is offering a COVID-19 test finding locator tool on its website at www.healthresponse.nv.gov.
Officials say as Nevada's economy reopens in phases, the public's cooperation in limiting the spread of COVID-19 continues to be important for community health. Recommended actions include social distancing and wearing face coverings in public places, washing hands and practicing good cough and sneeze hygiene, and limiting your contact with others if you test positive for the virus or someone in your immediate household does. Patients with questions about the virus are encouraged to contact their medical provider for guidance. The Southern Nevada Health District's Information Phone Line is available for general questions at (702) 759-INFO (4636), between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.