Montezuma County Fairgrounds Hosting Free COVID-19 Testing Wednesday

May 29, 2020

The Montezuma County Fairgrounds will host free COVID-19 testing on June 3 to anyone who wants one.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., drive-up testing will be offered with proof of residency, like a driver’s license. The Montezuma County Public Health Department’s announcement said testing will be first come, first served with no appointments. 

In addition to offering the tests for free, the MCPHD says even those showing no symptoms can get tested.

Speaking at Tuesday's county commission meeting, emergency manager Jim Spratlen said over 1,000 test kits will be available. He also said three lanes are expected to be open for testing.

Lindsay Yeager, community relations manager at Southwest Health System, said SHS will provide some of the personnel to conduct testing. SHS has operated drive-up testing since March and also assisted with community testing in Towaoc last week.

Note: Southwest Health System is an underwriter of KSJD.

The tests being offered Wednesday are only to determine if you currently have COVID-19 and not an antibody test to determine if you’ve already had it.

Widespread testing is key to fighting the coronavirus, health officials say, as it helps to determine its spread, especially among asymptomatic patients.

Update (June 2, 2020): This article was updated to include the number of test kits available after it was announced Tuesday.