The last day of operations at the drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Texas Station will be Friday, Jan. 15. The site is closing so Clark County, the Southern Nevada Health District and the Nevada National Guard, and partnering agencies can shift resources to local vaccination efforts.
COVID-19 testing will continue to be available at the two public sites overseen by UMC – Cashman Center in downtown Las Vegas, and UNLV’s Stan Fulton Building. 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. 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.
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. There are no-out-of-pocket costs to patients, including the uninsured. However, insurance is requested during the registration process of patients who have it in order to recoup some testing-related costs. Both testing 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.
Clark County, the Southern Nevada Health District, University Medical Center, the Nevada National Guard, local cities and ambulance companies have conducted more than 556,000 COVID-19 tests as part of our community testing efforts. 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 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. Health officials recommend the following actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
- Wear face coverings in public and among people who don’t live in the same household.
- Stay home if you are sick or have had contact with someone who is sick.
- 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.
- Limit private gatherings to fewer than 10 people from no more than two households.
- 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/.
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.