The new appointment-only COVID-19 testing operation at the UNLV Tropicana parking garage is open six days a week, Monday-Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The site is located next to UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center off University Drive and Tropicana Avenue. Clark County and UMC are operating the site in partnership with Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL), the Nevada National Guard and UNLV.
The operation opened Wednesday after relocating to the UNLV Tropicana garage from The Orleans Hotel and Casino. A total of 2,351 tests were conducted over the first two day of operation – 1,226 on Wednesday and 1,125 today. The site's capacity is about 1,200 appointments a day. Testing is available to anyone in the community, with or without symptoms. There are no out-of-pocket costs to patients, including those who are uninsured. The site offers drive-thru testing for people arriving in enclosed vehicles, as well as a walk-up testing area for pedestrians or patients arriving on bicycle or motorcycle. Appointments can be scheduled online through UMC's website at www.umcsn.com or by calling Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL) at (702) 795-4932, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
"We are seeing a strong response from the public scheduling appointments to be tested at this site and others throughout the community," said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick. "As we begin Phase Two of our reopening in Nevada, it continues to be important for residents to take this virus seriously so we can keep our community safe, stay open, and work on rebuilding our economy."
Officials stress that as businesses and facilities reopen, access to testing is critical for the community, and so is the public's continued cooperation with practicing good hygiene, social distancing, wearing face coverings in public places, and other measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.
"By staying home and practicing good hygiene and other measures, our community did an amazing job flattening the curve of cases we could have had here," said Clark County Commission Vice Chairman Lawrence Weekly, Chairman of the UMC Board of Trustees. "Without a vaccine, all of us need to recognize that COVID-19 continues to be a public health threat, and we need to do our part to help keep this virus at bay."
The type of testing available at the UNLV Tropicana parking garage site is polymerase chain reaction tests, better known as PCR tests, which show whether someone currently has COVID-19. Patients are asked to arrive about 15 minutes prior to their appointment time to get checked in and directed to a testing station. Those who drive up will remain in their cars during the sample collection process.
After scheduling an appointment with UMC, patients receive information about how to access test results through UMConnect, UMC's patient portal, through the MyChart app and website at https://umconnect.umcsn.com/. Results are typically available within 48 hours. Patients who register for testing with Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL) can access to their COVID-19 test results by visiting www.cpllabs.com/sonicmyaccess or texting "CPL" to 66349 to sign up for the CPL portal. All results, positive or negative, are reported to the Southern Nevada Health District. If patients test positive for the virus, they will be notified within a few days. Only positive patients will be notified. If patients do not receive notification of a positive test result, they can rest assured knowing that they tested negative. Patients with questions about the virus also can contact their medical provider for guidance. The Southern Nevada Health District's Information Phone Line is available for general questions at (702) 759-INFO (4636), between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Officials continue to work on offering mobile testing facilities throughout the community. COVID-19 testing events sponsored by the Southern Nevada Health District and community partners are listed on the Health District's website at https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/covid-19-testing-sites. A list of some additional testing resources is posted on the COVID-19 Information and Updates page of Clark County's website, ClarkCountyNV.gov.
The following guidance is recommended to continue to fight COVID-19 as part of Nevada's Roadmap to Recovery:
- Wash your hands often.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched items such as your cell phone, doorknobs and counter tops.
- Maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing per person for non-household members.
- Wear a face covering in public places and when around people from other households.
- Limit private and public gatherings to no more than 50 people, while continuing to follow social distancing.
- All vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place as much as possible. Those at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 as defined by CDC guidelines include people 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions such as lung disease, heart conditions and severe obesity.
- Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that returning to work and other environments where distancing is not practical could carry the virus back home. Precautions should be taken to isolate vulnerable residents.
- If tested positive for COVID-19, an individual must quarantine and stay home for two weeks. Contacts of individuals who test positive for the virus must stay home for two weeks or until a negative test result has been received.
- Remember we are in this together and we'll get through this together. For information about our community's response to COVID-19 visit www.InItTogetherSNV.com.