The walk-in site will be inside the school’s gym and will operate from 8 a.m. to noon, or while supplies last. The tests, self-administered nasal swabs, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is needed. Testing is open to anyone, with or without symptoms, including children. Test event participants are asked to wear face coverings, and to bring photo identification and provide their phone numbers. The Nevada National Guard, Global Medical Response ambulance company and the city of North Las Vegas are partners in the effort.
“We are seeing an uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases in the Las Vegas Valley, and we need the public’s help to manage the virus and keep our community as open as possible,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick, who serves as vice chair of the Southern Nevada District Board of Health and whose Commission district includes Cheyenne High School. “If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, we encourage you to get tested and self-isolate if your results come back positive. We also encourage everyone to wear face coverings in public, wash your hands often and practice social distancing.”
“Testing is an important part of our strategy to help control the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, Acting Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “However, whether you test positive or negative for COVID-19, it is important to continue to takes steps to protect yourself and others from the virus, including limiting your interactions with people outside your household, always wearing a mask when in public, and getting a flu shot this season.”
Testing also is available seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at one of two sites in the Las Vegas Valley – Cashman Center or UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center. Appointments at these sites can be self-scheduled through UMC’s website at www.umcsn.com. Those with no online access or limited access may call UMC at (702) 383-2619 to schedule appointments. While appointments are recommended, both sites offer tests each day to people arriving without appointments on a first-come, first-served basis. The UNLV site located in the Pavilion Room on the second floor of the Thomas & Mack Center off Tropicana Avenue and University Drive. That site operates Sunday through Thursday and is closed 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, operates Tuesdays through Saturdays, and is closed Sundays and Mondays. Both sites have separate indoor areas to accommodate those who arrive with and without symptoms. 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.
The Health District follows 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.
Health officials urge people to get flu shots this fall. Flu vaccinations will help protect the public from seasonal flu and reduce potential impacts on the local health care system as the community continues to deal with the pandemic. People with mild symptoms of a cough, fever or respiratory issues are advised to seek medical advice from their doctors, local health care clinics or a Tele-med service. The public is asked not to go to hospitals unless it’s an emergency so emergency departments can serve those with the most critical needs. Examples of potentially life-threatening symptoms include difficulty breathing and chest pain or pressure. The following actions reduce the spread of COVID-19, the flu and all respiratory viruses:
- Stay home from work, school and public places when you are sick.
- If you think you have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19, get tested. Stay home for 14 days after the last day of your possible exposure.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and mask.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched items such as your cell phone, doorknobs and counter tops.
- Maintain at least 6 feet social distancing per person from non-household members.
- Over the holidays, it’s best to avoid gatherings larger than 10 and to stick to seeing your immediate family members.
- Consult these resources for help dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Nevada 2-1-1 – Provides resource referrals to those in need of social service support.
- 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://tinyurl.com/yxgx6gke.
- Esta En Tus Manos – Spanish language COVID-19 outreach and information initiative: estaentusmanosnevada.com.
- State of Nevada Health Response Website – 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.