How to get tested




   Testing for COVID-19 



Testing is free
Proof of insurance is not required
You must have an order from your health care provider

We encourage anyone who has symptoms or believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19 to:

  • CALL OR EMAIL a health care provider first. If the provider recommends you get testing or care, follow the provider’s advice BEFORE going into any health facility. Ask your provider about private lab sites where you can get tested.
  • DO NOT go to an emergency room to get a test for COVID-19 unless you are having a medical emergency. For COVID-19, that means severe respiratory symptoms such as shortness or breath or breathing difficulties.
  • DO call 911 or go to an emergency room if you are having a medical emergency. Tell the dispatcher your symptoms.

State Laboratory Drive-Up Testing Center
  • Open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 14, 2020.
  • Located at Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St, Denver, CO, 80216
  • Will serve the first 100-150 vehicles in line. All other vehicles that arrive after that will be encouraged to seek testing from a private provider.
  • Always call ahead and speak with the health care facility before going there for testing or treatment.
  • Other days and hours will be posted on this page.
People who come to be tested at the state laboratory testing site must bring:
  • An order from their health care provider (written or electronic) confirming they meet the testing criteria and need to be tested.
  • Photo identification that matches the name on the provider’s order.
    • Undocumented individuals can use any photo ID; it does not have to be government-issued.
More information about testing at the state laboratory testing site
  • Testing is free. Proof of insurance is not required.
  • Anyone who is uninsured and doesn’t have a doctor's referral will be directed to a nurse or epidemiologist on-site to be assessed. If the person does not meet the criteria to be tested, they will not be tested.
  • If there are multiple people in one vehicle, each person must have their own doctor’s order.
  • If you are having a medical emergency, call 911. Do not report to a testing site or wait at a testing site. Testing sites are not emergency care facilities. Call 911 and tell the dispatcher about your symptoms. 
  • Individuals will drive through a secured area and will remain in their vehicles throughout the entire testing process.
  • For the safety of everyone, hours of operation will be contingent upon safe weather, and the testing site may have to close.
  • Be prepared for long wait times. No restrooms will be available.
  • Bring water and other items to be comfortable while waiting.
  • Even though we highly discourage it, members of the media may be present. State health department staff are working with the media to protect patient privacy.
  • Telephonic interpretation will be available for speakers of other languages.

If you were tested at the state lab testing center, the lab will contact you with your test results. While waiting for test results, please stay at home. People who test positive may be issued isolation orders.

State Lab testing priorities

Beginning March 16, testing at the CDPHE laboratory will be prioritized for public health purposes and urgent need in order to:

  • Identify and monitor for community transmission of COVID-19.
  • Investigate outbreaks in health care and residential facilities.
  • Ensure a safe workforce in health care and other facilities serving high-risk populations.
  • Test critically ill patients for whom commercial testing will not provide timely enough results.
  • Testing for uninsured people can be arranged through the state health department.