Coloradans who want a free COVID test will probably have to wait until after the start of the new year. Most of the 150 state test sites will be closed for half a day on December 31 and closed completely on January 1 due to New Year’s Day.
The state’s COVID test website only shows four places which opens a full day on Dec. 31, all outside of Denver Subway Station: Aspen Airport, Gypsum Sports Complex, Rifle Mountain Family Health Center and Colorado Mountain College Edwards Campus. None are shown as open on January 1st.
Even when operating full-time, many of the state’s test sites have struggled to meet increased demand caused by the holidays and the Omicron variant, which was officially discovered in Colorado on December 17 and already accounts for over 90 percent of Colorado cases. according to stat data.
The Colorado State Joint Information Center says the state is doing everything it can to meet demand for testing, including encouraging providers to their sites to increase capacity where possible. That state website shows all state-run free test sites, all Walgreen test sites and information from selected pharmacies. “We would like to thank all the coloradans who are doing their part to curb the spread of disease transmission by being tested and isolated if they are positive,” a spokesman for the center said.
In a COVID update on December 29, Governor Jared Polis continued to urge Coloradans to be vaccinated, boosted and tested; he proclaimed the state’s 150 test sites, but did not mention the New Year’s closures. He also reported that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has updated guidelines that match new ones Centers for Disease Control recommendations, which reduces the proposed isolation time for positive test subjects from ten days to five if they are asymptomatic. People who leave isolation on day five should then wear a mask around others for another five days.
The change reflects new information on when the majority of COVID transmissions occur and is aimed at helping the economy, according to Eric France, Colorado’s chief physician, who was with Polis at the time of this announcement. “As we all know, we have staffing challenges across all areas of our economy, and having people able to return to work because they feel better means they are back and helping us all on a daily basis. work to be done, “France said.
However, a return to work may be delayed by slow test results, which are about 24 hours behind the usual schedule due to the holidays, pushing them to three days from what the Joint Information Center says is usually two.
According to JIC, the best way to ensure that you can get a test is by registering in advance – even if test sites have walk-ups. But if the queues are long at the end of the day, websites sometimes stop accepting cars.
Those who rely on home tests also run into problems. That Walgreen’s Website says that at home COVID tests are sold out, and Amazon lists the earliest available delivery date as January 7 Colorado offers to shipowners quick home tests, but after you sign up, there is a 24-hour waiting period before you can officially order the sets, followed by a waiting time for shipping. As a result, you will not get these tests until 2022.
Happy New Year….