Clark County, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the state of Nevada have partnered to make 60,000 tests available in our community to anyone who wants to be tested whether people have symptoms of the virus or not. Appointments are not required at any 'Stop, Swab & Go' sites but are strongly encouraged. The tests are free and no proof of health insurance is required. During the first week of operation from Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 10,581 tests were conducted as part of the program.
“The more people who get tested as part of our 'Stop, Swab & Go’ blitz, the better,” said Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom, whose Commission District E includes Sam Boyd Stadium and many neighborhoods on the east side of the Las Vegas Valley with large Hispanic and minority populations facing high numbers of COVID-19 cases. “The goal is to find as many positive cases as we can. This will allow us to provide support to anyone in our community who may need to stay home until they are no longer at risk of spreading the virus to others without knowing it. We need to work together to fight this disease. Getting tested, staying home if you are symptomatic or asymptomatic, wearing a mask, continuing to wash your hands and taking other measures to protect public health, will help us live with the virus until a vaccine becomes available.”
The Las Vegas Valley sites will operate Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Sept. 18, providing self-administered nasal swab tests. Testing will be available in Mesquite several days during the blitz event. The locations are in addition to community-based testing available at Cashman Center and the UNLV Thomas and Mack Center and neighborhood strike team testing sites. Locations for the 'Stop, Swab & Go' sites are:
- Fiesta Henderson Hotel and Casino, 777 W. Lake Mead Pkwy. in Henderson, 89015
- Texas Station Hotel and Casino, 2101 Texas Star Lane in North Las Vegas, 89032
- Sam Boyd Stadium, 7000 E. Russell Road, 89122
- City of Mesquite Streets Division Garage, 725 Hardy Way, Mesquite, Nev., 89027. (Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to noon Sept. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17.)
The Clark County Fire Department and the Nevada National Guard are providing logistical support as part of 'Stop, Swab & Go,' while the federal government is providing the test kits, sample collection staff, lab capacity, registration and PPE. Free face coverings will be offered to individuals receiving testing at each location. Clark County and state officials requested the additional resources as part of a federal program initiated by the White House and Coronavirus Task Force to offer surge testing in COVID-19 hot spots across the country.
The registration website for the 'Stop, Swab & Go' event, www.DoINeedaCOVID19Test.com, is managed by eTrueNorth, a HHS program contractor. Individuals must register to be tested by creating a username and password to schedule an appointment on the site. They will be prompted to print a voucher or take a screen shot of it with their cell phone camera to present upon arrival for their testing appointment. Results should be available within 3 to 5 business days after the date of specimen collection. Individuals will be notified by email when their test result is available. Results are only given via the website and individuals must log into the website to obtain their test results using the same username and password they created when scheduling their appointments. The telephone number to the eTrueNorth call center is (800) 635-8611. As the demand for COVID-19 testing is high so is call volume to the call center. Individuals who need help obtaining their test result can revisit the website to learn their username or reset their password.
All test results, positive or negative, will be reported to the Southern Nevada Health District. Anyone notified of a positive test result is encouraged to stay home and self-isolate to limit the spread of the virus. The Health District will follow up only with people who test positive for the virus as part of its local contact tracing and disease investigation efforts. Providing a current telephone number as part of the testing registration information for the 'Stop, Swab & Go' event is critical to local health district contact tracing efforts.
COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. People with general questions about COVID-19 can call the health district’s Information Phone Line at (702) 759-INFO (4636), between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Anyone in need of social service support to self-isolate can contact Nevada 2-1-1 for resource referrals. Information about COVID-19 resources also is available in Spanish through the “Esta En Tus Manos” (It’s in your hands) outreach initiative at estaentusmanosnevada.com. The health district has a calendar of testing events in English and Spanish posted at www.SNHD.info/covid. The list includes the upcoming 'Stop, Swab & Go' events.
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.