Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information
Updated: January 7, 2021
PUEBLO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
COVID-19 TESTING STOPPED AT PUEBLO MALL
January 7, 2021, Pueblo, CO- A decrease in the number of people getting testing for COVID-19 has resulted in the closure of one of two free community testing sites operated by MAKO Medical in Pueblo County. The drive-thru testing site at the Pueblo Mall will close effective Monday, January 11. The last day of testing at the Pueblo Mall will be Saturday, January 9th.
Free community COVID-19 testing will continue at the Colorado State Fairgrounds. This testing site, also operated by MAKO, is drive-thru and is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no limit to the number of people who can be tested each day. Testing results are generally back in four days. Those being tested are encouraged to pre-register at https://mako.exchange/scheduler/registration/?location=25 .
“The number of people seeking testing in Pueblo County has decreased to the point where we believe it is no longer necessary to operate two testing sites,” said Randy Evetts, public health director for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. “We are confident the one testing site at the Colorado State Fairgrounds will be able to handle the current and future demand for testing in our community.”
The Pueblo Mall testing site opened in early December to meet the high demand for community testing occurring at the time. In November, 22,418 tests were administered at the lone site at the Colorado State Fair. In December, there were 16,384 tests conducted between both sites. So far this month, there have been 1,245 tests administered.
“Mako has been a terrific community partner and we appreciate their on-going support of our testing site at the Colorado State Fair,” stated Evetts.
“We want the public to know that we will continue to have free community testing for COVID-19 as long as there is the need,” said Evetts. “Although vaccinations have begun and our positivity rate has decreased, we want the public to know COVID still exists in our community. We urge anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or anyone who has come in contact with someone who has tested positive, to get tested.”
Information about COVID-19 in Pueblo including testing and pre-registration for testing is available at the COVID-19 Information Line and on the (719) 583-4444 internet www.pueblohealth.org/covid19.
New Hours for COVID-19 Community Testing Site in Pueblo
December 1, 2020 Pueblo, CO - After monitoring the time of day most people are getting tested for COVID-19 at the community testing site located at the Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo County is changing the hours to better provide timely service. The testing site, which is operated by MAKO Medical, is open 8:00 am to 5:00pm Monday through Saturday in December.
People should enter the fairgrounds at Gate 4 at Mesa and Gaylord Avenues. There is no limit to the number of people who can be tested each day. Test results are generally back in four days.
Since the beginning of November, there have been 22,419 tests administered at the testing site, more than double the 8,741 tests that were conducted for the month of October.
“By opening the testing site earlier in the morning our goals is to better assist those who have been getting in line before 9:00 am on week days and those wanting to be tested on Saturdays,” stated Randy Evetts, public health director at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. Evetts added, “I encourage people to register with MAKO Medical before heading to the testing site, to move through the site quicker.”
State officials advise anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 get tested seven days after exposure and quarantine for a full 14 days, even if they get a negative test result. Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and get tested as soon as possible. Please review the instructions on quarantine and isolation. If you are having severe or life-threatening symptoms, please contact 911.
Evetts explained those being tested may pre-register, which will help people move much quicker through the testing process. To pre-register for the COVID-19 testing at the State Fairgrounds go to https://tinyurl.com/co-pueblo-12753. Make sure your information (spelling of your name, date of birth, etc.) are correct to ensure your results are reported back to you in a timely manner. After being tested you can receive an email notification when your results are available, by texting MAKO to 66349 or visit mako.luminatehealth.com. A PDF download of results is available to print or share.
MAKO Medical reminds the public it takes two days to process results after samples are received at the lab due to time needed for shipping results. MAKO Medical officials urge individuals to set up an account (by text or online) wait at least four days after being tested before calling the customer service line for results. Results may be obtained texting MAKO to 66349 or visit mako.luminatehealth.com. The volume of calls to MAKO Medical’s customer service line is very high and wait times are long.
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.
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