“We appreciate UNLV’s ongoing partnership in providing our community with a convenient location in the center of the Las Vegas Valley for easy and accessible COVID-19 testing,” said Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson, whose Commission District includes UNLV. “We are asking the public to not let your guard down as we cope with a new wave of increased cases. We all need to do our part to keep our community safe. Please wear face coverings in public places, keep gatherings small over the holidays, wash hands frequently, and stay home of you are sick.”
Clark County and UMC are operating the site in partnership with the Nevada National Guard, UNLV and University Police Services. The relocated testing site at UNLV’s Stan Fulton Building will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday through Thursdays when operations resume. The site is closed Fridays and Saturdays.
Please note: All public testing sites, including UNLV, Cashman Center and the drive-thru at Texas Station Hotel & Casino, will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, and the day after on Friday, Nov. 27.
Parking at UNLV’s Stan Fulton Building is available by access road located to the east of the building on Flamingo Road. An indoor testing area for those with no symptoms will be located in the ballroom on the first floor of the Stan Fulton Building. Those arriving at the site who are symptomatic will be diverted to a testing area in the courtyard outside the entrance of the building. The public testing sites at UNLV and Cashman Center both accept walk-ins each day as staffing allows, but appointments are recommended. Appointments at either site 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. 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. Face coverings, temperature checks and social distancing are required at check-in at both sites.
The drive-thru testing site at Texas Station operates 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The site, located in the parking garage on the south side of the property off Rancho Drive at 2101 Texas Star Lane, is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. No appointments are available at Texas Station site but online pre-registration with the Health District is highly recommended to alleviate lines. The public can register at www.snhd.info/covid-texas. People also can text COVID to (844) 990-0029 to receive a link to the registration form that can be filled out by phone. Names, birth dates and a contact number to receive notification of results by the Health District are required. Those arriving at the site should bring photo identification and wear face coverings until they are instructed to remove their masks for testing. 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.
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. 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.
Since May, Clark County and partnering organizations have conducted 325,860 tests as part of its community testing efforts. The Health District has a calendar posted in English and Spanish on its website at www.SNHD.info/covid that lists various testing dates and locations. Testing is available to anyone, with or without symptoms, including children and families. Information about COVID-19 testing and prevention is available in Spanish as part of the Esta En Tus Manos outreach initiative at www.estaentusmanosnevada.com.
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.
Health officials also urge people to get flu shots this fall to protect health and reduce potential impacts to the local medical system. Those who are at higher risk of complications from the flu also are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19. Risk factors include people with underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes. Health official recommend the following actions for everyone to reduce community spread of all viruses:
- Stay home from work, school and public places when you are sick.
- Wear face coverings in public and among people who don’t live in the same household. Face coverings should have two layers or more that cover your nose, chin, and fit snugly against the side of your face.
- 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, health officials urge people to limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people. Ensure all guests wear masks. It is safest to keep company with family members living in the same household.
- 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.
- State of Nevada Health Response Website – https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/.
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.