Clark County, in collaboration with the Southern Nevada Health District, the Clark County School District, Guardian Elite Medical Services, and Community Ambulance will offer free COVID-19 testing on Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Francis H. Cortney Junior High School, 5301 E. Hacienda Ave., near Tropicana Avenue and Boulder Highway.
No appointment is needed for the testing. The walk-in site will have 400 self-administered nasal swab tests available on a first-come, first-served basis. Testing is open to anyone, including children. Patients are asked to wear face coverings, and to bring photo identification and provide their phone numbers. All results, positive or negative, are reported to the Health District.
Commissioner Tick Segerblom, a member of the Southern Nevada District Board of Health, organized this month's schedule of testing events with Linda Cavazos, Vice President of the Clark County School Board in collaboration with health district, County and school district staff. Both officials represent neighborhoods on the east side of town along with Commissioner Jim Gibson, whose district includes Courtney Junior High School.
"I want to thank Commissioner Segerblom and Trustee Cavazos for their efforts to bring a full schedule of testing events into neighborhoods on the east side of the Las Vegas Valley," said Commissioner Gibson. "Many of our constituents are members of the Hispanic community, which is suffering a disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases. We are working to build more awareness about the dangers this virus poses to our friends and neighbors who are of Hispanic heritage."
Commissioner Segerblom and partners organized this month's testing events in support of the new Spanish-language, education campaign called "Esta En Tus Manos" (It's in your hands), which was created to provide more resources to the local Hispanic community about COVID-19.
"Raising awareness about COVID-19 within the Hispanic community and expanding testing sites to the east side is a critical step in slowing the spread of COVID-19," said Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom, who serves on the Southern Nevada Health District Board of Health. "We have been working hand in hand with the Health District on expanding resources in the communities that need it most, and we are grateful to have the support and assistance of Superintendent Jara and Trustee Cavazos in our fight against COVID-19."
The "Esta En Tus Manos" effort incudes a website at estaentusmanosnevada.com to serve as an informational hub for the Hispanic community to find testing locations, health care and other resources to help people dealing with impacts from the virus. Officials are working with a wide network of supporting community leaders, businesses, churches, Spanish-language media outlets and other organizations to help carry the messages of COVID-19 prevention, education and support into the Latino community.
"The Clark County School District is happy to play a role in ensuring those most at risk of contracting COVID-19 in our community have access to testing," said CCSD Board of School Trustees Vice President Linda P. Cavazos. "National data shows that the Latina/o community is disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and we welcome the new testing sites at CCSD schools within the community that will serve our students and their families."
The type of testing available at the upcoming testing event is polymerase chain reaction tests, better known as PCR tests, which show whether someone currently has COVID-19. Since early May, Clark County and the health district have conducted more than 70 strike team events throughout Southern Nevada, including outlying towns and parking garages and other sites within the Las Vegas Valley. Health district staff, including community health nurses, laboratory personnel, public health preparedness staff, disease investigators, and volunteers from programs throughout the agency have formed strike teams that have set up collection sites at nursing homes, senior residential facilities, and community centers in at-risk neighborhoods and more.
At the upcoming middle school events, tests will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at each location, or until supplies for the date run out. Other testing dates and locations are July 17-18, Monaco Middle School, 1870 N. Lamont St.; July 24-25, Jerome Mack Middle School, 4250 E. Karen Ave.; July 30-Aug. 1, Roy Martin Middle School, 200 N. 28th St. Officials are working steadily to expand COVID-19 testing options for the public. A calendar of COVID-19 testing events sponsored by the health district is available in English and Spanish on its website at www.SNHD.info/covid. The state of Nevada also offers a COVID-19 test finding locator tool on its website at www.healthresponse.nv.gov.
Additionally, Clark County, UMC and community partners operate drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in a parking garage at the Texas Station Hotel and Casino on Rancho Drive and Lake Mead Boulevard in North Las Vegas and at the UNLV Thomas & Mack parking garage on Tropicana Avenue. Since the first drive-thru operation opened at the Orleans on May 5, 64,695 tests have been conducted, including 30,937 at the UNLV site and 8,275 at Texas Station. Both sites require appointments and operate five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sites are open to anyone, including children, whether exhibiting symptoms or not and with no out-of-pocket costs. Drive-thru testing is available to people arriving in enclosed vehicles, and both sites offer walk-up testing areas. As much as possible, patients are asked to self-schedule appointments online through UMC's website at www.umcsn.com. Members of the public with limited online access can call UMC to scheduled appointments at (702) 383-2619.
Residents with general questions about COVID-19 can call the Southern Nevada Health District's Information Phone Line at (702) 759-INFO (4636), between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The Southern Nevada Community Health Center also offers a free telehealth service by phone or computer for uninsured patients regardless of their ability to pay. More information is available on the Community Health Center website: www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/southern-nevada-community-health-center
Recommended actions to limit the spread of the virus include wearing face coverings in public places and maintaining social distance; avoiding large gatherings, staying home as much as possible, especially if you are sick, and frequent hand washing and disinfecting of frequently-touched items such as door knobs, counter tops and cell phones.