Starting this week, the COVID-19 testing site at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center will adjust its hours of operation and offer testing on Sundays and Mondays to make testing available seven days a week between the UNLV site and the Las Vegas Cashman Center site.
Clark County, UMC and other partners operate the two community-based testing sites five days a week. Changing from its previous Tuesday through Saturday schedule, the UNLV site will be available Sunday through Thursday starting this weekend. The UNLV site, which is located in the Pavilion Room on the northwest side of Thomas & Mack Center on the second floor off Tropicana Avenue and University Drive, will be closed on Fridays and Saturdays. The Cashman Center site, located in Exhibit Hall A, 850 N. Las Vegas Boulevard on the north side of the facility off Washington Avenue, will continue operating Tuesdays through Saturdays, and will be closed Sundays and Mondays. Hours of operation at both sites will continue to be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“The change of schedule for our community-based testing operation will provide even better service to the public because testing will now be available seven days a week to anyone who may need a test,” said Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick. “Testing continues to be an important tool in our fight against COVID-19. I want to thank the Clark County Fire Department, UMC, the Nevada National Guard and our other partners for their ongoing efforts provide this critical service to our community.”
The new schedule of operations for the UNLV and Cashman sites has been updated on the COVID-19 testing site calendar posted on the Southern Nevada Health District’s website at www.SNHD.info/covid. Appointments for the Cashman Center and UNLV sites 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 choose the proper testing location. Those with no online access or limited access may call UMC at (702) 383-2619 to schedule appointments. The Cashman and UNLV sites offer nasal swab tests self-administered by patients with instructions from on-site clinicians. The sites have separate indoor areas to accommodate those who arrive with and without symptoms. Face coverings, social distancing, temperature checks and symptom screenings are required of visitors entering the facilities. While appointments are urged, both sites offer tests each day to people arriving without appointments on a first-come, first-served basis depending on available supplies.Health officials recommend a COVID-19 test for people if:
- You have symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
- You have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed or possible case of COVID-19.
- You were in a setting where you were exposed to a large crowd and people were not wearing face coverings or maintaining social distancing.
- You are planning to visit someone at high risk for COIVD-19 illness, including people 65 years of age and older or people with serious medical conditions.
Since May, Clark County and partners have conducted 235,882 COVID-19 tests as part of its community-based testing efforts in the region. The numbers include 83,569 tests at UNLV, 50,241 at Cashman Center, and 46,732 tests at one- and two-day strike team events conducted with the Southern Nevada Health District at various locations. The Health District’s online testing calendar is available in English and Spanish and lists upcoming strike team testing events at schools and other neighborhood locations.
Test results are provided to people by the organization that conducts the testing. The results also get reported to the Health District, which will follow up with those who test positive for the virus as part of its disease investigation efforts. Members of the public are urged to do their part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by “answering the call” when they receive a telephone call from a public health representative or an automated notification through text or email. Agency notifications typically provide recipients with information about self-isolation and ask them to provide information about their health and to identify close contacts who may need to be advised to get a COVID-19 test. Anyone notified of a positive test result will be asked to stay home and self-isolate, to monitor their health, and to follow-up with their primary care physician if they have additional concerns.
Recommended actions to limit the spread of COVID-19 include wearing face coverings in public places and maintaining social distance; avoiding large gatherings; and frequent hand washing and disinfecting of frequently touched items such as doorknobs, counter tops and cell phones. The following resources are available to help Southern Nevadans get through the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Nevada 2-1-1 – Provides resource referrals to those in need of social service support for self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.
- Southern Nevada Health District INFO Phone Line – (702) 759-INFO (4636), 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, for general questions about COVID-19.
- Southern Nevada Community Health Center – Offers a free telehealth service for uninsured patients at (702) 759-1700 or online at: https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/southern-nevada-community-health-center/.
- Esta En Tus Manos – Spanish language COVID-19 outreach and information initiative: estaentusmanosnevada.com.
- State of Nevada Health Response Website and COVID-19 Test Finding Locator Tool – https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/.
- Nevada COVID Trace App – https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/covidtrace. Smart phone users can download this free app to receive alerts when they come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 9th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.