County, Community Partners Hit 400,000 COVID-19 Testing Milestone

Clark County, the Southern Nevada Health District, University Medical Center, the Nevada National Guard, the local cities, ambulance companies and other community partners have conducted more than 400,000 free COVID-19 tests as part of their community testing efforts, a new milestone in the community’s response to the pandemic.

“We can be proud of our community’s response to the many challenges presented by the pandemic,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick. “I want to thank our Fire Department and our community partners for their ongoing efforts to make free COVID-19 testing as widely available as possible. The vast majority of our residents and businesses also are doing their part to help limit the spread of COVID-19. It’s important for all of us to not let our guard down as cases here and across the nation are on the rise. Please stay home if you are sick, wear face coverings when you are out in public and limit social gatherings to your immediate family members.”

“Testing is an important tool in our ongoing response to this pandemic,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, Acting Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District. “However, as the case counts, hospitalizations and deaths increase in our community, we cannot lose sight of the fact that each number reported represents someone’s family member or friend. I urge everyone to continue to take the preventive measures necessary to protect themselves and help slow the spread of the virus.”

Since May, Clark County and partnering organizations have conducted 401,105 tests as part of their community testing efforts. Testing is offered for free to anyone, with or without symptoms, including children and families. The public can visit the testing site calendar on the Southern Nevada Health District’s website at www.SNHD.info/covid  for a listing of public testing sites and upcoming strike team event dates and locations.

Clark County and the Southern Nevada Health District will offer free COVID-19 testing on Wednesday, Dec. 9, and Thursday, Dec. 10, at Centennial High School located at 10200 Centennial Pkwy. in Northwest Las Vegas. The walk-in site will be located inside the school’s auxiliary 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 cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas are partners in the effort.  Free testing also is available at three public testing sites in the Las Vegas Valley:

  • Texas Station Hotel & Casino, 2101 Texas Star Lane, in the parking garage on the south side of the property off Rancho Drive. The drive-thru site operates Thursday through Monday and is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. No appointments are available. The site has the current capacity to offer 2,000 tests per day on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8 a.m. The site is open as late as 4 p.m. if tests are available but may close sooner in the day if the daily allotment of tests has been reached. Those arriving for testing should bring photo identification and wear face coverings until they are instructed to remove their masks for testing. Names, birth dates and a contact number are required as part of the registration process. Results from the Texas site are accessed when they become available through a portal on the Southern Nevada Health District’s website 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. 
  • Cashman Center, located in Exhibit Hall A, 850 N. Las Vegas Boulevard on the north side of the facility off Washington Avenue, operates 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and is closed Sundays and Mondays.
  • UNLV Stan Fulton International Gaming Institute Building, 801 E. Flamingo Road on the southeast corner of University Center Drive and East Flamingo Road. Parking at UNLV site is available by an access road located to the east of the building off Flamingo Road. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. It is closed Fridays and Saturdays.

Appointments at the UNLV Stan Fulton Building and Cashman Center sites are highly recommended to reduce wait times and maintain operational efficiency. Appointments at either site can be self-scheduled through UMC’s website at www.umcsn.com. Those with no online access may call UMC at (702) 383-2619 to schedule appointments.  Both sites accept some walk-ins each day on a first-come, first-served basis as staffing allows, but priority is given to those with appointments. Community members are encouraged to check UMC’s website regularly, as the hospital makes new appointments available on a daily basis. UMC also is asking community members to help prioritize testing appointments for those with symptoms or those who have been exposed to confirmed positive patients. Face coverings, temperature checks and social distancing are required at check-in at both sites. Those arriving with symptoms are diverted to a separate testing area.

The Health District follows up with those who test positive for the virus as part of its disease investigation efforts. 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.

Health official recommend the following actions for everyone to reduce community spread of all viruses:

  • Wear face coverings in public and among people who don’t live in the same household.
  • Get a flu shot to help reduce potential impacts on the local health care system as the community continues to deal with increased COVID-19 caseloads.
  • 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, limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people. Ensure all guests wear masks.
  • 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 COVID-19 outreach effort: https://estaentusmanosnevada.com/.
  • State of Nevada Health Response Websitehttps://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/. This site includes a list of private labs, pharmacies and other resources that offer testing services for fees.

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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.