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March 13, 2020 08:32 AM UTC

Update on COVID-19 Testing in Lowry

  • by: Colorado Pols

UPDATE: Sit tight until tomorrow, updates the CDPHE:

There’s nothing to be done about it, folks. Go home and vampire cough.


Via press release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) drive-up COVID-19 testing site in Lowry has collected tests for more than 650 Coloradans since Tuesday, March 11. The results of these test results will give the state much needed epidemiological intelligence that is critical for policy decisions.

Due to the overwhelming response in the first two days, we will be operating with limited capacity on Friday, March 13. This will ensure the safety of our lab and health care workers and minimize unnecessary wait times. Because Colorado now has capacity for private labs to conduct testing, CDPHE encourages anyone who is symptomatic or who believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19 to call or email your physician first for guidance, obtain a doctor’s order for testing, and request information about private providers where you can get tested. Always call first before reporting to a health care facility for testing.

Any medical provider with a relationship with Labcorp or Qwest can send out the test, but be sure to contact your provider ahead of time because many providers have centralized sites for collection due to safety precautions.

CDPHE has determined that traffic patterns, on-site staffing, and lab testing capabilities can handle a maximum of 100-150 vehicles in the drive-up queue.

♦ Testing at the drive-up site will take place from noon-2 p.m. on Friday, March 13.

♦ The first 100-150 vehicles in the queue will have access to the drive-up testing; all other vehicles that arrive after that will be encouraged to seek testing from a private provider. Always call ahead and speak with the health care facility in advance before going there for testing or treatment.

♦ If you have a medical emergency, call 911- do not report to the testing site, as it is not a diagnostic facility not a care facility. If you have severe respiratory symptoms, especially shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tell the dispatcher about your symptoms. Do not wait for a COVID-19 test to call 911.

♦ If you are ill or suspect that you were exposed, but are not able to be immediately tested, please stay home, self-isolate, and contact your physician.

♦ For the safety of drive-up lab workers, hours of operation will be contingent upon safe weather. We will announce if we need to close the site due to unsafe conditions.

♦ Unsafe conditions include any weather that can make personal protection equipment ineffective, such as any precipitation, wind, or colder temperatures.

♦ While waiting for their test results, individuals should stay at home. Those who receive positive test results may be issued isolation orders. Depending on test volume, we aim to contact individuals directly with their results within 72 hours.

Gov. Polis has deployed the Colorado National Guard to help manage logistics, traffic, and other assistance with capacity for the site.


9 thoughts on “Update on COVID-19 Testing in Lowry

  1. When will the “results of these test results” be available?  Did I miss that critical piece of the equation?

    (And could kwtree or V offer their editing services to the CO Dept of Health?)

    1. Is there a reporting standard or law?

      I don't think so.

      CDC has acknowledged that there is wide variation in reporting from states

      – some states report all tests administered by total tests
      – some states report by individuals tested
      – some states report results one way- othes another way

      If only there was some direction from above.

      Other than I'm afraid to get tested  

      1. I made an inquiry to The Covid-19 Tracking Project,  and was surprised to learn of the variation ….  the extreme, for me, was this comment:

        You'd be surprised (or maybe you wouldn't) that some states include the deaths in their positive total and others don't. It's very confusing for everyone.

        So apparently, someone can die of Covid-19 and not be considered a "positive."

    2. CDPHE apparently is able to do an overnight turnaround on the CO19 tests at Lowry:


    1. A young man we know just returned from a trip to Brazil and Australia (two countries with high COvid-19 infection rates). He came in through US customs with ease. He has a fever and feels ill. He did the responsible thing, saw his doctor, got tested for other flu viruses, but was told that no coronavirus tests are available.

      Now, he has to ask his doctor for a referral for coronavirus testing, go wait in line at Lowry next Monday, miss work, and self-isolate. If he does all that, and doesn’t just give up and live his life normally, exposing other more vulnerable people to whatever he has, he may be fine. 

      The system is broken, and people will die, preventably,  because of it. 


    2. Somehow, I think there may have been a shortage of imagination for sites, not taking everything into consideration.  Putting it into the parking lot for the Department of Public Health and Environment probably makes moving specimens from the drive through to the testing lab easy … but there might be one or two other aspects which could have been considered.

      South Korea, with a population 8 or 9 times that of Colorado, has dozens of drive through sites, plus more labs and medical facilities, pushing samples into "a network of 96 public and private laboratories to test for coronavirus." 

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