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  • Pima County offers new COVID testing options

    Aug 25, 2021 | Read More News
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    Increased spread of COVID-19 has led to increased demand for testing. Pima County has responded by adding new free testing options, an additional test location, expanded hours, and a new method for testing.

    Beginning Monday, Aug.30, saliva testing will be available seven days per week at the Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center at 1660 W. Ruthraff Road. The new hours will be:
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Tuesday and Thursday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
    COVID testingTesting at the Ellie Towne Center is by appointment only. Register online here.

    Beginning Saturday, Aug. 28, antigen (rapid result) testing services will be available five days per week at the Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Road. The hours will be:
    • Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Testing at Abrams is available to walk-ins for onsite registration, but pre-registration is recommended.

    The antigen tests at the Abrams Center use a nasal swap method and typically produce results within 15 minutes. 

    Testing at both locations is available to everyone age 5 and older.

    Those who receive negative results and are not experiencing COVID symptoms will be encouraged to get vaccinated if not already vaccinated. 

    Free vaccines are available on the third floor of the Abrams Center Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., as well as at various other locations throughout Pima County.

    The testing services at the Abrams Center are expected to continue for several weeks, but are contingent on available funding. Additional testing sites also may be adding in the coming weeks. Check our testing page for the latest information on locations.

    “The county recognizes the need to be able to provide free testing,” said Pima County Public Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen. “We wanted to ensure, because of our commitment to equity, that testing is available to anyone.”