You have less than 48 hours to get a free COVID-19 test at the Pepsi Center

We’re looking at you, college students.

Denver's COVID-19 testing site at the Pepsi Center had about 2,000 reservations on July 8, 2020. The lines were long.

Denver's COVID-19 testing site at the Pepsi Center had about 2,000 reservations on July 8, 2020. The lines were long.

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The city wants residents and college students studying in Denver to get a free coronavirus test at the Pepsi Center before the site closes on Wednesday. Residents and students can get their tests at the Pepsi Center parking lot between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. today and tomorrow.

The city dedicated a lane just for college students at the site last week, days before it announced rising COVID-19 cases in Denver were being driven by an increase in cases among college-aged people. The state has listed outbreaks at Metro State University, Regis University and the University of Denver.

College students seeking a free test at the site will need to bring a valid student ID and let staff at the site know they’re college students so they can be sent to the right lane. Students will need to provide a working phone number to get their lab results.

The site opened in May with help from the state. The city had been saying for weeks it would roll back the Pepsi Center to focus on community testing sites throughout the city. Mayor Michael Hancock said last week the city has been paying for the site while submitting reimbursement from the feds.

There will be other free testing options in Denver moving forward, including sites intended to provide testing in underserved areas. Testing sites will include places like Lincoln High School, Montbello High School and the Denver Indian Center; a full list can be found on the city’s website.

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