Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information
Updated: October 5, 2020
FEMA-Sponsored Testing Site
"Community Testing Site Continues to Operate Five Days a Week at the State Fairgrounds"
October 2, 2020 Pueblo, CO - Pueblo County’s free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site is open this week from 10 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday in the Livestock Pavilion on the Colorado State Fairgrounds. Enter the site through Gate 4 off Mesa and Gaylord avenues. There is no limit to the number of people who can be tested per day.
Testing is encouraged for people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, first responders, health care workers, critical infrastructure employees, teachers, and individuals who work in congregate settings. Test results are generally back within four days.
“Community COVID-19 Testing Site Moves Inside Colorado State Fairgrounds”
September 14, 2020 Pueblo, CO - Pueblo County’s free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site moved inside the Colorado State Fairgrounds to the Livestock Pavilion, effective today. The testing site, which is now managed by MAKO Medical, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Enter the site through Gate 4 off Mesa and Gaylord avenues. There is no limit to the number of people who can be tested per day. Testing is encouraged for people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, first responders, health care workers, critical infrastructure employees, teachers, and individuals who work in congregate settings.
“Free Community COVID-19 Testing Site Open Saturday”
September 9, 2020 Pueblo, CO – For the first time since the free community COVID-19 testing site opened in April, individuals will be able to get tested in the evening and on select Saturdays. The drive-thru testing site, currently located in the parking lot at Arroyo and Acero avenues, will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday (Sept. 12) for anyone who wants or needs testing for COVID-19.
Beginning this month, the testing site, which is administered by MAKO Medical, will be open Monday through Friday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
Beginning Monday, September 14, the testing site will move inside the Colorado State Fairgrounds in the Livestock Pavilion. Individuals should enter the testing site from Gate 4 (Mesa and Gaylord avenues).
“Free Community Testing Site Expands Days, Hours of Operation”
September 2, 2020 Pueblo, CO. – Pueblo County’s free COVID-19 community testing site has expanded the hours and days of operation to better serve the community’s testing needs. As of August 31, the administrators of the drive-thru testing site expanded the hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Testing will also be available on Labor Day, Monday, September 7.
Public health officials said increasing the time that testing is available will increase access to the community and make testing easier to obtain for our residents. In addition, it will help improve our understanding of the incidence and prevalence of the virus in our community. Residents of Pueblo County and individuals from neighboring counties are encouraged to take advantage of the expanded testing opportunities.
“By providing a more flexible testing schedule, more people can be tested which in turn helps public health prevent further spread in the community,” said Randy Evetts, public health director for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. “We want anyone who needs or wants to be tested to have that opportunity. By expanding the number of days we are doing testing in the community and extending it into the evening and to select Saturdays, we hope that there will be a time that is convenient for anyone who wants to be tested.”
Since the drive-thru site opened April 22, there have been more than 15,803 free tests given. Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, first responders, health care workers, critical infrastructure employees, teachers, and individuals who work in congregate settings are encouraged to get tested. With the start of the school year, students and school staff are encouraged to get tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected individual.
“Having the testing available for students and staff is important, particularly for isolating and controlling the spread of the virus in our schools and our community,” said Evetts.
Testing also has been expanded to include children age two and older. The testing site remains a drive-thru procedure and tests are administered by site staff. There are no self-swabbing tests available. Anyone being tested must be in an enclosed vehicle. No bicycles, motorcycles or walk-ups are allowed. Pre-registration is recommended but is not required. The registration link is www.pueblohealth.org/covid19. Results of the tests are expected to be available in four days.
Help Protect Pueblo from COVID-19
To protect the Pueblo community and the most vulnerable, everybody has a responsibility to:
- Follow the Governor’s Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors order.
- Follow the Governor’s mask order.
- Minimize social activities and being physically close to other people.
- Isolate yourself if you feel symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms are new loss of taste or smell, headache, sore throat, cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea. This list does not include all possible symptoms. Visit cdc.gov for the list of symptoms as it continues to be updated with more information learned about COVID-19.
- Seek preventative and routine care through your primary care provider and use the emergency room when medically necessary.
- Wash your hands with soap regularly.
- Cough or sneeze into elbow or tissue.
- Stay home when you’re sick.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Clean surfaces frequently touched.
Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment encourages residents and media to seek out credible, reliable sources of information on COVID-19:
All public and media inquiries in Pueblo are answered through the local hotline at
Pueblo’s Joint Information Center
Pueblo COVID-19 Hotline is providing resources and answering questions
9AM – 4PM, Monday – Friday (closed for government holidays) 719-583-4444.
View a short video of the COVID-19 Self-Swabbing Test https://youtu.be/vsQVxsQY3jc
Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment encourages residents and
media to seek out credible, reliable sources of information on COVID-19:
► Pueblo’s COVID-19 Hotline 719-583-4444
All public and media inquiries in Pueblo are answered through the local hotline at Pueblo’s Joint Information Center.
Pueblo COVID-19 Hotline is providing resources and answering questions 8AM – 5PM, Monday – Friday 719-583-4444.
PUEBLO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
UPDATED PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER 20-24 IMPLEMENTING STAY AT HOME REQUIREMENTS