That was fast: Denver’s coronavirus testing site will go back to normal hours after getting 10,000 new tests from governor’s office

Free tests for everyone (in the metro area)!

A new mass testing facility for COVID-19 at the Pepsi Center. May 21, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A new mass testing facility for COVID-19 at the Pepsi Center. May 21, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Just a day after the city announced its free coronavirus testing site would be cutting hours, the city said the site will resume to business as usual after getting 10,000 additional tests from Gov. Jared Polis’ office on Wednesday.

The testing site, located at the Pepsi Center, was set to reopen today with fewer hours after a shortage of test kits caused by increases in COVID-19 cases in Arizona, Texas and Florida. But after getting the tests from the governor’s office, the drive-up testing site will resume its normal schedule. The city’s testing partner, LabCorp, is experiencing a shortage of testing kits due to the resurgence of cases in some states.

“On behalf of Mayor Michael Hancock and myself, as well as the people of Denver, we are grateful for our partnership with Governor Polis and the state of Colorado,” Murphy Robinson, head of the testing task force and the city’s public safety director, said in a statement. “With this support from the state and our ongoing partnership with LabCorp, we will be able to resume normal operations at the testing site immediately.”

The site will again be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except holidays. Due to Fourth of July and the city’s mandatory furloughs, the site will be closed from July 3 to July 6. The site has completed more than 35,000 tests since it opened on May 22.

People living across the metro area are welcomed to get tested at the site, though the city encourages people to pre-register online. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or who thinks they may have been exposed are welcome to get tested at the site.

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