Pima County COVID-19 Testing Centers

COVID testing

Free COVID-19 Testing

The Arizona Department of Health Services is offering more than 50 sites around the state where residents may be tested for COVID-19.

In Pima County, two sites offer free testing. A third mobile site is expected to be open by early August.

Monday through Saturday, free COVID-19 nasal swab tests are available at the Kino Event Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way.

Beginning July 29, free COVID-19 saliva tests are available at the Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road. Hours at the Ellie Towne Center for July 29 and 31 only will be 3-7 p.m. Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 5, testing will be offered every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Both the Kino Event Center and Ellie Towne Center are by appointment only.

Kino Event Center

The Health Department and Paradigm Laboratories are offering free COVID-19 tests at the Kino Event Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way. Testing will be by appointment only. Testing begins July 13 and will continue until no longer necessary. Click Schedule My Test to make a testing appointment.

The Testing Center will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, Monday through Saturday. The public also can call 800-369-3584 to schedule an appointment.

***No walk-in tests will be conducted, everyone must have an appointment.***  

You do not need a doctor’s order to get the test. Individuals arriving for their test time should wait in their vehicle in the parking lot until their testing time, or outside the event center in the shade away from others if arriving by public transportation or ride sharing. Anyone more than 10 minutes late for the scheduled appointment will have to reschedule.

Kino Event Center Testing Location Map - click or tap image for larger view
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Your Test Results

  • Make sure you don’t miss the call with your results! Please answer your phone, including calls from unknown or numbers that have blocked caller ID.
  • Due to privacy of health information, results will not be left on voicemail.
  • Until then, if you have symptoms, you must stay home. Wear a face mask, wash your hands often and practice physical distancing.
  • If you haven’t received your results in 72 hours:
    • If you have internet and an email address: email kino@hcparadigm.com with your name and phone number
    • If you don’t have internet access or an email account: call 800-369-3584 and they will send an email on your behalf.
    • The 800 number will not give out results over the phone.

Ellie Towne Center

The Pima County Health Department will begin offering free COVID-19 saliva testing at Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road, beginning Wednesday, July 29. The testing, which requires pre-registration, is offered by Arizona State University in partnership with the Arizona Department of Health Services.

How to Register:

  • Click the blue "Schedule my test" button below.
  • Scroll about halfway down the page to the Upcoming Events and click the Red "Pre-register" button for the Ellie Towne Community Center.
  • Make note of the Agency Code. You will be asked to use that when you complete your registration.
  • Create a username (email address) and password

Staff located at the Ellie Towne Center will provide assistance for anyone who has trouble registering ahead of time.

Ellie Towne Center Testing Location Map - click or tap image for larger view

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Important Reminders:

  • You must bring a photo ID and the QR code in your confirmation.
  • Make sure you are well hydrated at least 30 minutes ahead of your appointment time.
  • At 30 minutes prior to your appointment, rinse your mouth with plain water for 20-30 seconds and then spit out the water.
  • Please do not eat, drink (even water), smoke, vape, or chew gum for at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment.
  • When you arrive at the site, wear a protective face covering - either cloth or surgical mask
  • To cancel or reschedule your appointment, log in to your account at https://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com


Questions About Testing

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 doctor or Nurse Practitioner for advice and to schedule a virtual visit.

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.

Commercial Laboratory Testing

Commercial testing is available. A medical provider must complete the specimen collection. Contact your provider or call 2-1-1 to find a provider near you.

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