Officials Offer Recommendations for Who Should Get COVID-19 Testing

Clark County and local health officials are encouraging anyone who attended large gatherings over Labor Day weekend or meets other recommended testing guidance to get tested for COVID-19 to help limit the spread of the virus in the community.

 “After a big weekend like Labor Day, it’s important to remind people to get tested for COVID-19 in case they came into contact with someone who may have had the virus without knowing it,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick, a member of the Southern Nevada Health District’s Board of Health. “This virus is silent and invisible and can be spread by people who have the virus but aren’t exhibiting symptoms. Until a vaccine becomes available, testing will continue to be an important part of our community’s strategy to fight COVID-19 along with the three W’s – wash your hands, watch your distance and wear your face covering.” 
 
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.
“The Southern Nevada Health District encourages everyone to get tested,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, Acting Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District. “Testing is especially important for anyone with symptoms or for anyone who does not have symptoms but has been in close contact with a confirmed or possible case, or was exposed to a large crowd with little or no social distancing or people wearing face coverings. Testing and contact tracing, in addition to wearing masks in public places, and keeping social distancing (six feet apart from others) are how we can lessen the impact of COVID-19 in our community.”

The “Stop, Swab & Go” COVID-19 testing program is operating at four drive-thru Las Vegas Valley locations through Friday this week, and will continue to operate at two sites next week at Texas Station Hotel & Casino and Fiesta Henderson from Monday, Sept. 21 to Friday, Sept. 25. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tests are free, self-administered nasal swabs. No proof of health insurance is required. The tests are available to anyone who wants to be tested, including families and children. The public can register online for appointments at www.DoINeedaCOVID19Test.com. Those who arrive without appointments can register on site upon arrival. Locations include:

  • 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
  • Eldorado High School, 1139 Linn Lane, 89110, near Nellis Boulevard and Washington Avenue.
In addition, two community-based testing sites operated by University Medical Center and community partners are open five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  at Cashman Center Exhibit Hall A in downtown Las Vegas, 850 N. Las Vegas Boulevard, and the UNLV Thomas & Mack Center’s Strip View Pavilion Room off Tropicana Avenue and University Drive.  Appointments can be booked online through UMC’s website at www.umcsn.com. While appointments are encouraged, walk-up testing stations are available at both locations for those who arrive without appointments. Those with no online access or limited access may call UMC at (702) 383-2619 to schedule appointments. 

Clark County, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the state of Nevada partnered to make 60,000 COVID-19 tests available in our community as part of “Stop, Swab and Go” testing program. The Clark County Fire Department and the Nevada National Guard are providing logistical support for the “Stop, Swab & Go,” while the federal government is providing the test kits, sample collection staff, lab capacity, and registration services. 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 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 two to five 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 follow-up with their primary care physician and 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. 

Since May, Clark County and community partners have conducted 197,188 tests as part of its community testing program. The number includes more than 21,000 tests that have been conducted as part of the “Stop, Swab and Go” program, 34,291 tests at Cashman Center and 14,850 at the UNLV Thomas and Mack Center Strip Pavilion Room, as well as 22,989 tests at one and two-day strike team events conducted with the Southern Nevada Health District at various locations.

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.                                  ###

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