AURORA, Colo. — A brand new COVID-19 testing site will open in Aurora at the Aurora Sports Park on Monday.
The test center will stay open from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. seven days a week. The 250-acre park is located at located at 19300 E. Colfax Ave.
Testing will be available for anybody, whether they have symptoms or not. People are advised to pre-register for testing by clicking here, but are not required to pre-register.
Gov. Jared Polis and Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman made the announcement Monday morning, saying it was another way to get "free, easy and quick" testing done in the state, along with the Pepsi Center site, another site at Water World that officials announced Monday afternoon and which Polis hinted at during the morning news conference, and already-existing community-based testing sites.
"We know hosting this site helps further that testing is available for everyone," Coffman said in announcing the facility.
With the support of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, MAKO Medical of North Carolina will manage staffing, testing operations and logistics. MAKO will also maintain the website that will provide test results.
Polis and Coffman said people who get tested at the site should expect to receive their results typically within 3 days.
“The Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners and Arapahoe CARES are pleased to be a part of this very timely and crucial project,” said Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Sharpe. “Increasing our testing capacity and access is vital to slowing the spread of COVID, and this facility will be a welcome and effective addition to the testing centers we already have in the county. It’s important that we continue working with our community partners to make sure that we’re all doing everything we can to put this crisis behind us.”
The Tri-County Health Department will contact those who test positive for COVID-19 about next steps.
Dr. John M. Douglas, the Executive Director of the Tri-County Health Department, said that the ability to test more people in Aurora and the surrounding cities — both symptomatic and asymptomatic — would benefit their case investigations and contact tracing efforts.
Gov. Polis said that the state expected to announce another site "further south" at some point this week.