CMU’s COVID-19 testing site remains open to serve the community

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CMU continues its strong, community-focused partnership with Mesa County Public Health, offering the only local drive-thru COVID-19 testing site. The on-campus facility was built during CMU’s early pandemic response: Safe Together, Strong Together plan. The CMU site will remain open as a community service despite the university’s decreasing need for a campus-specific testing location.

“CMU has built a nationally celebrated response infrastructure during the pandemic that will continue to serve the entire community for as long as there is a need,” said CMU President John Marshall. “Keeping the campus test site going demonstrates that CMU partnerships are enduring and that our investments serve the community far beyond campus and the classroom.”

CMU has worked closely with Mesa County Public Health throughout the pandemic, not only to ensure a safe and sustainable return to in-person learning for students, but also to pool resources and effectively meet the testing and vaccine needs of the community as a whole. CMU and MCPH are proud to announce their partnership with Mako Medical, which began serving as a testing facilitator on July 1.

All members and visitors to the Grand Valley community are welcome to use this pandemic partnership service. Nasal swab PCR tests will be administered by on-site staff and results are available within 48 hours. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm and Saturday from 8am to 12pm. The testing site is located just north of Bunting Hall and can be accessed from North Avenue and Cannell Avenue or 7e Bunting Street and Avenue.

Offering a variety of testing options is the best way to ensure convenient access and fast test results to protect against the spread of the virus. COVID-19 testing remains important if symptoms are present, at least five days after known or suspected close contact with COVID-19, and before and after travel. Community members can call Mesa County Public Health at 970.248.6900 if they need help accessing the results or have other questions.

In addition to CMU’s drive-thru site, rapid home and PCR tests are available throughout the community.

Free rapid test kits

  • Pick up the test kits are available during regular business hours at the MCPH Health and Human Services Building, located at 510 29 1/2 Road. Quantities may be limited depending on supply.
  • Direct mail tests can be ordered on the federal COVID-19 website. (Spanish)
  • A positive test will result in a call or text from Mesa County Public Health with information on what to do next and how long to isolate from others.

In-person PCR test

  • Local pharmacies (City Market, Safeway, Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Target)
  • Urgent Care (Cedar Point Health, American Family Care Urgent Care, Docs-On-Call)
  • Primary care clinics (Call your primary care clinic and ask if they provide PCR testing.)

Nasal PCR test while driving at CMU

  • No appointment required.
  • Pre-registration available at: https://mako.exchange/scheduler/registration/?location=7308
  • Nasal swab PCR Administered by on-site staff.
  • Test results within 48 hours
  • Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Located north of Bunting Hall, accessible from North Avenue and Cannell Avenue or 7th Street and Bunting Avenue.

CMU is proud to contribute to the ongoing COVID-19 community response effort and will continue to go above and beyond to protect the Mavily and the wider community.

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Written by Hannah Odneal

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