Rapid COVID-19 tests are now available for free at your local rec center

It’s part of the state’s distribution effort.

A COVID-19 rapid test in the lab at the Denver Indian Health and Family Services clinic in Sun Valley. Nov. 24, 2020.

A COVID-19 rapid test in the lab at the Denver Indian Health and Family Services clinic in Sun Valley. Nov. 24, 2020.

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Starting today, you will be able to get a free rapid at-home COVID-19 test at any city rec center.

Every rec center in the city (except for La Alma Recreation Center, which is closed) will stock the rapid tests as part of the state’s distribution effort. The city’s parks and rec department has received 15,000 kits for distribution. Each kit has two tests, and residents will be eligible to get up to two free tests kits while supplies last.

The tests are iHealth Labs over-the-counter COVID-19 Antigen rapid tests, according to the city’s release. They take about 15 minutes to provide a result, and include instructions in English, with Spanish instructions available online.

Cases have been falling since mid-January and are now closer to levels from last summer, when they were fairly low. The city is encouraging people to get tested if you experience symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

You can find a list of every rec center on the city’s website.

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