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Pima County COVID-19 Testing Centers

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Two large-scale testing sites now open

Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd.: In coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Pima County opened a drive-through testing location at PCC West, on Jan. 22. This location will be open Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments required -- make one here -- and please bring your printed confirmation with you to make the process go faster!

Kino Event Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way: This location, which started Jan. 25 and offers PCR testing, will be open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Make an appointment.

Find more information and testing locations below.

Trust your testing site

The Pima County-sponsored free testing sites listed below, and any location listed by the state at www.azhealth.gov/testing, are licensed and trustworthy. The Pima County Health Department (PCHD) does not regulate or license testing providers.

If you are concerned about the legitimacy of a testing provider, don't be afraid to ask for credentials. Any pop-up testing clinic doing rapid testing in Arizona must have a CLIA license (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment) – and that license should be posted and available.

Contact HEOC@azdhs.gov if you have questions about a particular pop-up site.

Who should get tested?

  • Anyone with symptoms.
  • Anyone who has had close contact with an infected person should test at least five days after contact.
  • Anyone planning to spend time with someone at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Antigen vs. PCR Testing

ANTIGEN TESTS: 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 other organizations that require PCR tests.

PCR TESTS:
 Require laboratory services that look for COVID-19 nucleic acid. They typically take around 24-48 hours to provide results. 

How to get free at-home tests

  • Every residential address in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests through a federal program. Visit www.covidtests.gov to order your free at-home tests.
  • Most people with a health plan can go online, or to a pharmacy or store to purchase an at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at no cost, either through reimbursement or free of charge through their insurance. Insurers must pay for up to eight tests per covered individual per month. Contact your insurance provider if you have questions. If covered by Medicare or Medicaid, click here for more information.
  • Pima County libraries are no longer distributing free at-home tests, as of Jan. 3.
  • Click for more information on how to take a self-test and to report results.
  • Home-test FAQs
Here is the testing eligibility at the Pima County-sponsored sites below:

You CAN get tested for free:

  • With or without symptoms of COVID-19
  • Without a referral for a doctor
  • If you've had a known exposure and are asymptomatic, don't go for testing before Day 5.

You CANNOT get tested for free:

  • If your testing is needed for occupational or work-required reasons
  • You have had a COVID-19 test administered at a Pima County site within the last 14 days.

Pima County Health Department mobile testing events - no appointment needed


Location  Day & Time  Test type
Arivaca Fire Department
16091 W. Univeral Ranch Rd.
Tuesday, Jan. 25
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Nasal swab (rapid antigen)
Arivaca Fire Department
16091 W. Universal Ranch Rd.
Thursday, Jan. 27
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Nasal swab (rapid antigen)

Pima County Health Department free testing centers - appointment required


Kino Event Center    
2805 E. Ajo Way, Tucson

Monday - Saturday
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Test: Nasal swab
(PCR test)
Appointment strongly encouraged; walk-ins handled on a limited basis

Make appointment online now
or by phone at 855-452-2346
Pima Community College West Campus    
2202 W. Anklam Road

Monday - Saturday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Test: Nasal swab
(PCR test)
Appointment only; drive-through
Make appointment online
Bring your printed confirmation with you!
Downtown Tucson -- TEP Building    
88 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson
North side of TEP building

Sunday - Friday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Test: Nasal swab
(antigen rapid test)
Appointment only; no walk-ups

Make appointment 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: noon - 6 p.m.
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 only; no walk-ups

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

Monday-Saturday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Test: Nasal swab
(antigen rapid test)
Appointment only; no walk-ups

Make appointment 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)
Appointment only; no walk-ups

Make appointment 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)
Appointment only; no walk-ups

Make appointment 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)
Appointment only; no walk-ups

Make appointment online now
or by phone at 855-452-2346

Self-test FAQs

How can I get the most accurate results from a COVID-19 self-test?

To get the most accurate results from the rapid self-tests, especially with the rise of new COVID-19 variants such as omicron, they have to be timed right. Testing immediately after exposure is likely yield a negative test result, because the virus needs time to multiply and produce a viral load high enough that the rapid test can detect. Experts advise the best time to administer a rapid test is 3-5 days after exposure. If you have symptoms, using a self-test shortly after symptoms begin, and then repeating it 1-2 days later is more likely to yield an accurate result. If using the test before getting together with others, some health experts suggest taking a rapid test just as you arrive, instead of taking it hours (or days) before. With the rapid self-tests, it is also important to follow the manufacturer’s directions. Read more about self-testing from the CDC.

Will the BinaxNOW self-tests detect infection even if I have the Omicron variant?

A: Yes it will. The many mutations to the spike protein on the Omicron variant do not affect the test’s ability to detect the virus, because the test looks at other things besides the spike gene changes. Read more from the BinaxNOW test manufacturer.

Where can I find the expiration date for the BinaxNOW self-tests?

The expiration date is found on the back of the box on the bottom right, next to the right of the picture of the hourglass. It is important to make sure that you do not use a test kit that has expired, because it might provide inaccurate results.


Private Testing options

If your organization would like more information on setting up regular self-run, on-site antigen or PCR testing, please fill out this survey to express interest and our COVID-19 testing team will be in contact with you.


Emergency warning signs include, but 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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