Coronavirus tests just reached an all-time daily high at the Pepsi Center site

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Mayor Michael Hancock’s security detail, who declined to be named, sticks a cotton swab into his nose at a new mass testing facility for COVID-19 at the Pepsi Center. May 21, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

About 17 percent of all COVID-19 tests ever taken at the city's Pepsi Center testing site were taken Wednesday.

Health workers conducted 900 COVID-19 tests at the drive-thru site Wednesday, the most of any single day, said city spokeswoman Kelli Christensen.

As of Thursday afternoon, medical staff had tested people 5,351 times for the highly contagious respiratory virus since the site opened on May 21.

Government officials urged people to get tested after several days of mass rallies and protests brought people together to chant, sing, yell and hold hands -- all of which provide opportunities for the virus to spread. City government officials said they would not ask questions related to the protests or use personal information for criminal investigations.

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