Free drive-through COVID tests remain available at Fountain site

 

Last updated 1/6/2022 at 9:36am

Photo courtesy of El Paso County Public Health

Cars in line for COVID-19 testing at El Paso County Public Health South in Fountain, one of four community-based testing sites in the county, on Sept. 21, 2021.

UPDATE: On Thursday, Jan. 6, the testing site hours will be shortened to 1-5 p.m. due to inclement weather.

Mako Medical continues to offer free COVID-19 testing for individuals at four community-based testing sites throughout the county, including at the public health facility at Hwy. 85-87 and Fontaine Boulevard in Fountain.

These drive-thru sites are available at the Citadel Mall, Chapel Hills Mall, El Paso County Public Health South in Fountain, and at the corner of Old Meridian Road and Chicago Avenue in Falcon. No insurance is required.

The community-based testing sites are available without appointments, but pre-registration online allows for faster check-in and processing times. These testing sites typically produce results within 48 hours of sample collection. These four locations were chosen to allow easier access for diagnostic testing throughout the county, covering areas in the east, south, north and central portions of El Paso County.


As of Dec. 29, testing providers in El Paso County reported an average of 3,387 PCR tests daily over the last seven days, an increase of 28 percent from the previous seven-day period. Mako Medical is adjusting traffic flow and staffing at sites to accommodate increased demand for testing.

Directions and regular operating hours for the four sites are:

· El Paso County Public Health South, 6436 U.S. Highway 85-87, Fountain (enter from Fontaine Blvd.). Seven days a week, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

· Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive E, Colorado Springs (south of JCPenney). Seven days a week, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

· Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd., Colorado Springs (southeast parking lot). Seven days a week, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

· Falcon testing site at intersection of Old Meridian Road and Chicago Avenue, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

These community-based testing sites are in addition to PCR tests that may be available at medical providers throughout the county. Additional information on testing providers is available at https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/covid-19-testing-information.

 

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