COVID-19 Testing

Who should be tested?

Anyone with symptoms should get tested as soon as possible, stay away from others, and follow the instructions on how to isolate. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, wait about seven days after the date you think you were exposed before getting tested, unless you develop symptoms. Follow the instructions on how to quarantine for 14 days after exposure to prevent further transmission.

  • Testing immediately after exposure isn’t helpful because it may be too early in the incubation period and there isn’t enough viral material for the test to detect.
  • Some people may not become ill for up to 14 days. For that reason, people who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days from the date of their exposure, even if they test negative before the full two weeks have passed.

Testing Sites and Information

Mesa County Fairgrounds

2785 US-50, Grand Junction, CO 81503 (Map)

  • Instructions: Pre-registration is encouraged to save time on site.  Click here to register for testing at the Mesa County Fairgrounds site.
  • Types of tests Offered: Nasal swab, Oral swab
  • Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or until the daily capacity limit is reached).
    • This site will be CLOSED November 26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday but will be OPEN regular hours on Friday, November 27.

Colorado Mesa University

1280 Cannell Avenue (Map)

  • Instructions: Pre-registration is REQUIRED for this site.  Click here to register for testing at Colorado Mesa University.
  • Types of tests offered:  Nasal swab
  • Hours*:
    • Monday, November 23: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Tuesday & Wednesday (November 24, 25): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
    • Thursday & Friday (November 26, 27): CLOSED
    • Saturday, November 28: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
  • More information about this test site can be found here.

*special hours due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

You do not need health insurance or a doctor’s note to be tested at either of these sites.

Other community testing sites can be found here.

What about results?

Results are processed through labs outside MCPH. Testing turnaround times vary depending on the lab but are typically returned in 2-4 days.

You will be notified by the lab that processed your test. Instructions for results are given onsite when the test is performed.

Use the links below to be directed to the sites for the labs we use to process results.  You’ll need your account or appointment information to access your results.

Pediatric and Off-Site Testing

Mesa County Public Health offers COVID-19 testing for children under age 3 and those with transportation or other access issues to the fairgrounds site. To make special arrangements for these type of tests, please call us at 970-248-6900.

Call Your Provider

Several health care clinics offer COVID-19 testing in Mesa County. These locations play an important role in identifying COVID-19 cases quickly, which has been a key factor in ensuring case counts remain at manageable levels and do not overwhelm our hospitals.

It is a good idea to call your primary care physician first with symptoms of illness, they know your medical history and can offer guidance for what may be best for you.

If you do not have a primary care doctor, call MCPH.

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