COVID-19 Testing

Teller County Public Health is offering testing

See scheduling below. 

**Testing will be cancelled if Woodland Park School District is cancelled, delayed or at the discretion of the Testing Branch Director**

Important information about testing for COVID-19

Who Can Be Tested?

Eligible for Testing:

  • Age 3 or older who meet ANY one of the following criteria: 

  • Individual WITH COVID-19 symptoms (best to test as soon as symptoms occur)

    •  fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of teste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.

  • Individual WITHOUT COVID-19 symptoms who has had a known exposure or was identified as a close contact to someone who tested positive to COVID. (A close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period) Exposure testing should occur at day 5-14 from exposure - best to test day 5-7 after exposure.

  • Public Health requests testing - Individual claiming this status will have a letter from TCPHE

 

NOT Eligible for testing at this time:

  • If individual tested positive for COVID-19 within last 90 days

    • After 90 days OK to re-test from initial positive test (this is the case in most circumstances)

  • If a person has been tested in the previous 14 days

  • Screening for the following purposes:

    • Return to work - Refer to employer’s work place, Peak Vista or other testing entity in Colorado Springs

    • Pre-Surgical screening- Refer to individual’s surgical office for guidance regarding testing

    • Travel screening- Refer to Walgreens (not in Woodland Park), Costco, Safeway or other entities that do travel testing

  • Surveillance testing for employer/facility/business 

    • Refer to employer or facility

Where can I get tested?

 For testing at Hayden Divide Park = Hayden Divide Community Park - no appointment necessary

  • Drive up testing - 211 Rhyolite City Ave., Divide, CO 80814

What are the steps to getting tested?

  1. Drive to the designated testing site with a valid ID and park in the designated testing spot.

  2. Please DO NOT eat, drink, use mouth wash, brush your teeth, chew gum, or smoke for at least 20 minutes before your test.

  3. Stay in your car. A staff member wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment will come to your car to verify your information, educate you on how to collect specimen, and provide you with additional information. The oral swab is NOT a home collection kit; collection of the specimen MUST be observed by a trained health care professional. You can view the video instructions at this website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNopEE7lC6E

  4. Specimens are sent to the laboratory and should be processed within three (3) days.

  5. If you are tested with an oral swab, your results will be emailed to you (be sure to provide an accurate email address). You will be provided with additional information about how to retrieve your results when you are tested.

For more information on viral testing and other testing that may be provided by healthcare providers visit CDC website.

 

Why is it important to get tested?

A viral test tells you if you are positive or negative for COVID-19 at the time of the test

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, know what protective steps to take If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone.

  • If you test negative for COVID-19, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick. It is possible that you were very early in your infection when your sample was collected and that you could test positive later. Or you could be exposed later and then develop illness. In other words, a negative test result does not mean you won’t get sick later. This means you could still spread the virus.

 

Other Questions:

 

How much does it cost?

  • There is currently no cost associated with this test at this time.

 

I don’t qualify for testing at this site, what are my other options for testing?

  • Call your primary care doctor or your child’s pediatrician for options.  

  • For other options in El Paso County click here 

  • For options in Park County click here

 

What if I am a first responder or health care provider?

  • Symptomatic or exposed first responders and health care workers are able to test at testing sites

  • There are other options available to workers in these fields through their employers. Speak with your supervisor to learn about any additional testing options that may be available.

 

What else can I do to report my symptoms?

© 2023 Teller County COVID-19 Combined Agency Unified Command Center. Information Provided by the Joint Information Center (JIC)