COVID-19 Community Testing Program Surpasses 500,000 Tests

Clark County, the Southern Nevada Health District, University Medical Center, the Nevada National Guard, local cities and ambulance companies have conducted more than 500,000 COVID-19 tests as part of our community testing efforts, a new milestone in the community’s response to the pandemic.

 “I want to thank our Fire Department, UMC, the Health District and all our partners for their hard work and dedication in creating our community testing program,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick. “Offering free and accessible testing has been an important tool in our fight against COVID-19, and our efforts will continue into the new year as we work toward putting the pandemic behind us and rebuilding our local economy.”

As of today, Clark County and community partners have conducted 501,614 tests as part of our community testing program. The testing program began in May and averages about 5,000 tests a day. Testing is offered to anyone, with or without symptoms, including children and families. The community’s three public testing sites – Cashman Center, UNLV’s Stan Fulton International Gaming Institute Building, and the drive-through testing site at Texas Station Hotel & Casino – will be closed on New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1. In addition, officials announced some operational changes that will go into effect at the sites after the new year.

Starting, Monday, Jan. 11, the Texas Station site operating in the hotel’s parking garage at 2101 Texas Star Lane, will operate three days a week as a neighborhood strike team site. The days of operation will be announced when they become available. The site will open at 8 a.m. and offer approximately 600 tests on a first-come first-served basis as supplies permit. County and Nevada National Guard staff will continue supporting the operation, while the Health District will oversee on-site registration, lab processing of samples, and the notifications of test results. No appointments are available at the site, and no insurance is necessary.

Also, starting Monday, Jan. 11, the two sites overseen by UMC – UNLV and Cashman Center – will begin requesting insurance information during the registration process. There will continue to be no-out-of-pocket costs to patients, including the uninsured, but the insurance of patients who have it will be billed in order to recoup some testing-related costs. The UNLV site, located at 801 E. Flamingo Road, operates 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. It is closed Fridays and Saturdays.  The Cashman site, located in Exhibit Hall A at 850 N. Las Vegas Blvd., operates 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and is closed Sundays and Mondays. Appointments at both sites are highly recommended to reduce wait times and maintain operational efficiency. Appointments 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 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 testing event dates and locations. The state of Nevada also has a COVID-19 test finding locator tool on its website at https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/ that lists private labs, pharmacies and other testing resources for fees.

As the community continues to respond to the pandemic this holiday season, health officials recommend celebrating only with people who share the same home. Those who still plan events with people outside their household are strongly encouraged to take steps to lower the risk of infection at gatherings. Recommendations include:

  • Limit private gatherings to fewer than 10 people from no more than two households.
  • Ensure all guests wear face coverings with two layers or more that cover your nose, chin, and fit snugly against the side of your face.
  • Plan table arrangements so people who live in different households are not seated together.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from people who do not live in the same household.
  • Host gatherings outdoors, if weather permits. Open windows if hosting an indoor gathering.
  • If sharing food, have one person serve the food, and use single-use options such as plastic utensils.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Provide disposable paper towels in bathrooms for guests.
  • Stay home if you are sick or have had contact with someone who is sick.
  • Get a flu shot to protect from seasonal flu and to help reduce impacts on the local health care system as it deals with increased COVID-19 caseloads.
  • 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/.

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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