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Posted on: November 22, 2020

Statement: Extreme demand seen at Jefferson County Fairgrounds testing site, line closed for 11/22

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The COVID-19 testing site at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds is closed for Sunday, 11/22/2020. The site, which is hosted by Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) in partnership with Curative Testing and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), launched Sunday with the ability to bring large-scale testing to Jefferson County. In the first hours after opening, JCPH tested at least 300 people (likely more, estimate based on last system update), with at least 500 additional cars in line at the time of closing the line to additional vehicles. The test site at the Fairgrounds has the resources to test high volumes of people per day, but on the first day of operation, we are still adjusting the staff, time and logistics necessary for the demand seen, and by closing the line, we can ensure that those waiting receive a test by the time the site closes.

“The extreme demand seen at the Jeffco test site illustrates the growing concern and need for disease prevention and mitigation steps as COVID-19 continues to have a serious foothold in our community. We apologize to those who pre-registered for appointments and encourage all people who need to be tested, either because they are symptomatic or because they believe they have been exposed to COVID-19, to return to either the Jefferson County Fairgrounds testing site or another community testing location in the coming days. The Fairgrounds will reopen for testing tomorrow at 7 a.m. with anticipated high demand once again. For additional information on how to get tested, please visit https://www.jeffco.us/4075/Testing.


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