Workers take swabs of Weld, Larimer first responders at mobile testing site. Fort Collins Coloradoan
Colorado is conducting targeted testing for the coronavirus in Weld County through Tuesday, state officials said Saturday.
Testing is open to any Weld County resident with symptoms of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. Individuals not showing symptoms will not be tested.
Testing began Friday at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley and will continue, beginning at 10 a.m. until the daily maximum of 300 individuals have been tested, according to a news release.
Most tests will be conducted through drive-up lances, but there will be a walk-through lane for individuals not in a vehicle. No appointment or doctor’s note is necessary. No ID is required, although one is recommended for patient intake forms that will include basic information to help identify test samples.
The tests are being coordinated by the State Emergency Operations Center and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and staffed by members of the Colorado National Guard and Colorado State Patrol.
The state health department Saturday was reporting 1,353 positive tests and 82 deaths in Weld County. The county has the highest rate of positive tests in the state among counties with populations of 100,000 or more residents and the third-most deaths, behind more-populous Denver and Arapahoe counties.
JBS Swift, the largest employer in the county with more than 6,000 workers, reopened its meat-packing plant Friday that had been closed for two weeks to be disinfected and undergo deep cleaning because of an outbreak there. There had been 102 positive tests and four deaths from the coronavirus linked to the site as of Wednesday, according to the state health department.
Weld County’s commissioners approved a plan Thursday to allow all non-essential businesses in the county that had been closed under state and county stay-at-home orders to reopen Monday, when those orders expire. Most counties in the state are reopening businesses more slowly, under Gov. Jared Polis “safer-at-home” guidelines, and some in the Denver area (Arapahoe, Adams, Boulder, Jefferson and Denver) have extended their stay-at-home orders through May 8.
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