Due a surge in COVID-19 cases in Southern Nevada and increased demand for testing, a new drive-thru COVID-19 testing site will open in the parking garage at the Texas Station Hotel & Casino at 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13. The testing area is located on the first floor of the resort’s parking garage on the south side of the property at 2101 Texas Star Lane, off Rancho Drive in North Las Vegas. The site will operate 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. It will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Clark County is partnering with the Southern Nevada Health District, Nevada National Guard, University Medical Center, city of North Las Vegas and Station Casinos to open the drive-thru site. With the opening of the new site, the community will offer free COVID-19 testing at two public locations in the Las Vegas Valley seven days a week. The Texas Station site and those operating at Cashman Center and UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center will all be open Thursdays. The UNLV site, located in the Pavilion Room on the second floor of the Thomas & Mack Center off Tropicana Avenue, operates Sunday through Thursday and is closed Fridays and Saturdays. The Cashman Center site, operated in partnership with the city of Las Vegas, is located in Exhibit Hall A, 850 N. Las Vegas Boulevard off Washington Avenue. That site operates Tuesdays through Saturdays and is closed Sundays and Mondays.
“Clark County is working closely with the state and our community partners to address the increase in COVID-19 cases we are seeing in Southern Nevada,” said Clark County Commission Vice Chairman Lawrence Weekly, Chairman of the UMC Board of Trustees, whose district includes Texas Station. “We need to work together to encourage anyone with symptoms to get tested and to stay home if you are sick. We also need everyone to continue practicing all the measures that we know limit the spread of viruses including regular handwashing, wearing face coverings in public places and social distancing.”
The drive-thru site at Texas Station will offer testing using oral swabs administered by clinical staff. The site will operate on a first-come, first served basis. No appointments are needed but pre-registration with the Health District is highly recommended to alleviate lines. The public can register online at www.snhd.info/covid-texas. People also can text COVID to 844-990-0029 and it will return a link to the registration form to fill out on their phones. Testing is open to anyone, with or without symptoms, including children. Those arriving for testing are asked to wear face coverings in their vehicles throughout the process until they are advised to remove face coverings to undergo sample collection. People should bring photo identification and provide their phone numbers to be notified of their results by the Health District. People can access their results on the Health District’s online results portal at https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/lab-results/. Results are typically processed in 24 to 48 hours but may take longer due to high volumes of testing.
“Our community is continuing to rise to the challenges presented to us by COVID-19 as well as the onset of flu season,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick, who serves as vice chair of the Southern Nevada District Board of Health. “Now is not the time to let our guard down. All of us need to do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 until a vaccine becomes available. We also need everyone to get a flu shot if you haven’t already because we want to prevent our local hospital system from being hit with a surge of COVID and flu patients this fall and through the winter months.”
The Nevada National Guard will assist the Health District with on-site patient registration and sample collection at the Texas Station site, while UMC’s lab will process lab results. The Health District 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. Those who think they have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19 are urged to get tested. In addition, to help limit community spread of the virus, smart phone users are encouraged to download the free Nevada COVID Trace App at https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/covidtrace. The app exchanges anonymous information with other users in the same vicinity to notify them when they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.
"Testing continues to be a crucial part of our efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and I'm grateful to see that Texas Station will once again serve as a convenient location for people to get tested," said North Las Vegas City Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown. "If you have not been tested, or believe that you need to be retested, please do so as soon as possible. The pandemic isn't going away, so we need everybody's help to manage it: keep wearing face coverings in public, maintain social distances and wash your hands frequently."
Since May, Clark County and partnering organizations have conducted 303,372 tests as part of its community-based testing efforts at public sites as well as strike team events at area schools and community centers. Testing is free at all locations and no insurance is required. The Health District has a calendar posted in English and Spanish on its website at www.SNHD.info/covid that lists various testing all available locations and dates. Appointments can be booked at the Cashman Center or UNLV Thomas & Mack sites 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, based on available staffing.
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 following resources are available to help people dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Nevada 2-1-1 – Provides resource referrals to those in need of social service support for self-isolation.
- 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.
- Esta En Tus Manos – Spanish language COVID-19 outreach and information initiative: estaentusmanosnevada.com.
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.