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Pima County COVID-19 Testing Centers


Free COVID-19 Testing

Through partnerships with Arizona State University, Premier Medical Group (PMG) and Paradigm Labs, Pima County is offering free COVID-19 testing to anybody in the community.

You must be age 5 or older and you do not need a doctor's order.

You can get tested even if you do not have symptoms. These sites can let you know if you have an active COVID-19 infection and may be able to spread the disease to others.

Due to high demand for COVID-19 testing, we encourage University of Arizona students and employees to schedule their free test through the University’s testing program

See below for the difference between antigen and PCR testing.

Pima County Health Department free testing centers

Abrams Public Health Center    
3950 S. Country Club Rd., Tucson

Tuesday-Friday, 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Test: Nasal swab
(antigen rapid test)
Pre-registration recommended

Walk-ins welcome for onsite registration
Downtown Tucson -- TEP Building    
88 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson
North side of TEP building

Mon., Wed., Fri.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Test: Nasal swab
(antigen rapid test)
Walk-up or Registration

Register online now
or by phone at 855-452-2346
Ellie Towne Center    
1660 W. Ruthrauff Rd., Tucson 

Monday: 7 a.m. - noon
Tuesday: noon - 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 a.m. - noon
Thursday: noon - 6 p.m
Friday: 7 a.m. - noon
Saturday: 7 a.m. - noon
Sunday: 7 a.m. - noon
Test: Saliva
(PCR test)
Appointment Required

Register Now
Agency code: SALIVATEST
Liberty Plaza    
315 W. Irvington Road, Tucson

Tuesday-Saturday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Test: Nasal swab
(antigen rapid test)
Walk-up or Registration

Register online now
or by phone at 855-452-2346
Paradigm 6009 Grant    
6009 E. Grant Road, Tucson

For people with no COVID-19 symptoms

Daily 
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Test: Nasal swab
(antigen rapid test)
Walk-up or Registration

Register online now
or by phone at 855-452-2346
Paradigm 6011 Grant    
6011 E. Grant Road, Tucson

For people with COVID-19 symptoms

Daily
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Test: Nasal swab
(antigen rapid test)
Walk-up or Registration

Register online now
or by phone at 855-452-2346
Tucson International Airport    
7250 S. Tucson Blvd, Tucson
(bottom level, between baggage
claim carousels 3-5)

Daily
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Test: Nasal Swab
(PCR test)
Registration only

Register online now
or by phone at 855-452-2346



Pima County Health Department free pop-up testing

New dates and locations for pop-up testing events will be posted here. Please check back later or visit one of the fixed sites above. The testing done at the pop-up sites are the antigen rapid-test nasal swabs.

Review your results here, or find additional information on receiving results.

Donna Liggins Center
2160 N. 6th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705
Tuesday, September 28
3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. each day



Other Private and Healthcare Testing Options

The Arizona Department of Health Services is offering more than 50 places around the state, including many in Pima County, where residents may be tested for COVID-19.


Questions About Testing

Antigen vs. PCR tests

  • Antigen tests are fast turnaround tests that look for COVID-19 antigens, or small pieces of protein, in your respiratory tract. These tests are not sufficient for international travel or any facility that requires PCR/NAAT tests.
  • PCR tests are tests that require a laboratory service that look for COVID-19 nucleic acid. These tests are a type of NAAT (nucleic acid amplification test) and are sufficient for international travel or facilities that require a PCR/NAAT test.

People who are mildly ill with symptoms of COVID-19 and can recover at home should do so. Anyone with symptoms of respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath, fever of 100.4°F or above) should stay home and stay away from others who live in your home to the greatest extent possible.

If your symptoms are mild, please contact your healthcare provider.

If you develop emergency warning signs of a respiratory infection, get medical attention immediately.

Emergency warning signs include, but are not limited to:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to wake
  • Bluish lips or face

If you have a medical emergency call 9-1-1. Notify the operator that you have or think you might have COVID-19 so first responders can take proper precautions when they arrive.

If your clinician determines you should be tested for COVID-19, they may use the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory guidance to determine if your sample should go through the State Public Health Laboratory or to a commercial laboratory. The turnaround time varies at each lab (typically 3-5 days). Your clinician will get your result and share them with you.

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