Testing for COVID-19

  • COVID-19 tests are most urgent for people experiencing symptoms including fever, shortness of breath or new cough, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea, or for patients with a provider’s order (for example, a required test for a scheduled surgery).
  • COVID-19 tests are also available for people who do not have symptoms but need a test for work, travel, or because they were recently in close contact with someone who tested positive. If you don’t see any available times, please check again later.
  • UCHealth’s COVID-19 testing sites require all patients to have an appointment.
  • Many insurance providers cover COVID-19 testing. Please check with your insurance for details.

Nasal swab PCR test

Detects the presence of the COVID-19 virus.
$85

Schedule a COVID‑19 test

Use our free patient portal, My Health Connection. For the best experience, download and access the UCHealth app.


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Test results

  • Test results will be sent to the individual’s My Health Connection account. Results will be available as soon as possible, but may take longer than expected due to high demand.
  • Please do not call the lab or testing site, as they are unable to check on or share individual results.

COVID-19 testing sites

Testing site hours are subject to change. Before traveling to a test site please confirm operating hours by looking at the information below.

If you are interested in additional testing options, please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s website to find a site near you.

COVID-19 tests

COVID-19 virus detection nasal swab test (PCR test)

The nasal swab PCR test for COVID-19, is an accurate and reliable test for diagnosing COVID-19. A fluid sample is collected by inserting a nasal swab into your nostril, and taking fluid from the back of your nose. A positive test means that you likely have COVID-19. A negative test means you probably do not have COVID-19 at the time of the test. Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

[CPT codes for the nasal swab test: U0003 or U0002]


Antibody treatment for COVID-19

If you (or someone you know) tests positive for COVID-19, and are considered high risk due to pre-existing medical conditions or other health concerns, treatment with monoclonal antibody therapy may be a good option.

This treatment is for people who have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19, have mild to moderate symptoms, and are at high risk for getting a severe infection.

Monoclonal antibody therapy can reduce the risk of being hospitalized for COVID-19 by more than 80 percent.

Learn more

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Please check your individual policy to learn if antibody testing is covered.

For most insurance plans, we will attempt to bill your insurance. You may be responsible for your co-pay or deductible amount. However, if your health plan denies this charge you will receive a bill for the service.

COVID-19 testing: questions and answers

Which tests can I get through UCHealth?

UCHealth is offering one type of COVID-19 testing, called a PCR test, which can tell you if you have COVID-19 now. This test requires a nasal swab. All testing is voluntary.

Why should I get the COVID-19 test?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 now, a nasal swab test can determine if you have COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. These signs include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chills or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Sudden loss of taste or smell

If you are experiencing flu or COVID-19 symptoms, take the following steps:

  • Call your provider and describe your symptoms. Your provider may order a COVID-19 or flu test or both. If they submit the order, you can schedule an appointment through My Health Connection or go to the nearest testing site during hours of operation.
  • If you do not have a provider, schedule an appointment through our virtual urgent care. That provider will determine if you need a flu or COVID-19 test. If they submit the order, you can schedule an appointment through My Health Connection or go to the nearest testing site during hours of operation.
  • If you do not speak to any providers, and still want a test, you will only be able to order a COVID-19 test. The cost is $85. You may not self-schedule a flu test.

Also, some people who are not sick might need to get a COVID-19 test before returning to work.

If you need a copy of a negative COVID-19 test in order to travel or return to work, please reach out to medical records.

What if I get a positive result from a COVID-19 test?

If you learn that you have COVID-19, you should isolate yourself at home right away and contact your health care provider. You may be able to heal at home. But, you should get medical help right away if you are having serious problems like trouble breathing.

After being isolated for testing positive for COVID-19, should I get another test after my isolation period is over?

People who have tested positive for COVID-19 and finished their isolation period do not need to get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first case of COVID-19 may need to be tested again, if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.

I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 in the past, but I have been recently exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Should I get another COVID-19 test?

You do not need to get another COVID-19 test and you do NOT need to stay home if you meet the following criteria:

    • You have had COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months or are fully vaccinated against
      COVID-19, and
    • You have recovered, and
    • You remain without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, no cough, shortness of breath or fever).

If you do develop symptoms, you should immediately self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider

Where is UCHealth offering testing?

All the testing sites locations and hours of operation are located on this page.

How can I make an appointment to get a COVID-19 test?

Currently test scheduling is done via My Health Connection, UCHealth’s free, convenient patient portal.

How do I create a My Health Connection (MHC) account? And how do I order a test on MHC?

Find detailed instructions on this web page.

How do I schedule a COVID-19 test for children younger than 14?

Find detailed instructions on this web page.

How do I schedule a COVID-19 test for children 14 and older?

Find detailed instructions on this web page.

Will my health insurance cover testing?

Many insurance providers will cover COVID-19 testing, but you should check on the details for your insurance plan. If you have not met the yearly deductible for your plan, you could be charged.

If I don’t have health insurance, can I still get tested?

Yes, you can pay out of pocket for testing. If you pay yourself, a nose swab to test for COVID-19 will cost $85. You must use a credit card to pay for the tests.

Do I need to be a current UCHealth patient to get tested?

No. You are welcome to get tested even if you are not a current UCHealth patient. You will need to sign up for a My Health Connection account to schedule a test and get your results.

Can I come and get a test even though I don’t have any symptoms?

Yes. COVID-19 tests are available for people experiencing symptoms, for patients with a provider’s order, and for people who need a test for work, travel or because they were recently in close contact with someone who tested positive.

How long will it take to get my results?

Results will be available within approximately 48 hours, but may take longer than expected due to high demand and/or processing times. When available, your results can be found on My Health Connection.

Will my test results be used for research?

Your test results are private. But researchers may use anonymous testing data to find how widely COVID-19 has spread throughout the community and to assist public health experts and government leaders as they try minimize the spread of COVID-19.

What should I do while I wait for results?

If you were tested because of symptoms or an exposure, you should stay in your home (isolation or quarantine) while you wait for your results. This is important because other people, including elderly and those with major medical problems, are more at risk to get severe symptoms from this infection if they are exposed.

If you had symptoms and were seen in a clinic, urgent care or emergency department, you are well enough to go home today. Treat your symptoms with fluids by mouth and over-the-counter medicine.

If your symptoms get worse, call your provider or go to the emergency room. Make sure to let your health care providers know that you have been tested for COVID-19.

Where can I find my results?

Results will be sent to your My Health Connection account. Results will be available within approximately 48 hours, but may take longer than expected due to high demand and/or processing times. Positive and negative results are shown. Please do not call the lab or testing site, as they are unable to check on or share individual results.

I took a COVID-19 test today and I received my test results. I have questions about my results.

You were given instructions when you arrived for your test. These instructions included information on what to do if you test positive. If you still have questions, please call your primary care physician. If you do not have a primary care physician, we recommend you schedule a Virtual Urgent Care appointment.

Visit https://www.uchealth.org/services/virtual-urgent-care/

I took a COVID-19 test several days ago and I have not received my results. I need them to return to work or travel to a foreign country.

We’re sorry it’s taking so long. The time it takes to get results back depends on how many other people have also taken tests. Rest assured, your results will be posted as soon as the laboratory completes them. Thanks for your patience.

Can I get a rapid COVID-19 test?

We do not have rapid tests available for most patients. Most test results are back within 48 hours. If you were tested because of symptoms or an exposure, you should stay in your home (isolation or quarantine) while you wait for your results. This is important because other people, including elderly and those with major medical problems, are more at risk to get severe symptoms from this infection if they are exposed.

If your symptoms get worse, call your provider or go to the emergency room. Make sure to let your health care providers know that you have been tested for COVID-19.

My surgery or procedure is in the morning and I have not taken the test, or I have not received my results.  Can I still come to the hospital?

Yes, you can still come to the hospital for your surgery. We recommend patients be tested for COVID-19 at 2-5 days before their scheduled procedure or surgery. This is to ensure the safety of patients, visitors and all of our staff. Patients who do not get the required testing may have their surgery or procedure delayed or canceled. If you have questions, please call your provider.

How can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?

  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Stay at least six feet away from people in public.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wear a mask when you are in public spaces, especially in big crowds.

If you need medical advice, please contact your provider.

COVID-19 testing sites


Testing site hours are subject to change. 

Metro Denver

UCHealth Laboratory – ​University of Colorado Hospital Anschutz,1713-1 Quentin Street, Aurora, CO 80045

    • COVID-19 testing, all ages.
    • 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., 7 days a week.
    • Drive-thru appointments available. Located on the northwest corner of Quentin St. and 17th Ave.

​UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital,1500 Park Central Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

    • COVID-19 testing, all ages.
    • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday; closed Sunday.
    • Drive-thru only. Located at the southeast corner of Parking Lot 5. Please take Lucent onto Park Central Drive.

Southern Colorado

UCHealth Laboratory – Parkside2050 Kidskare Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80910

    • COVID-19 testing, all ages.
    • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. ​Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday.
    • Drive-thru only. Tent is located in the parking lot due east of the Printers Park Medical Plaza.

UCHealth Laboratory – Memorial Hospital North, 4050 Briargate Pkwy., Colorado Springs, CO 80920

    • COVID-19 testing, all ages.
    • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. ​Monday – Friday.
    • Drive-thru only. Tent is located in the parking lot of Memorial Hospital North Radiation Oncology. Enter using N. Union Boulevard.

Northern Colorado

UCHealth Laboratory – Harmony Campus, 4630 Snow Mesa Dr., Fort Collins, CO (corner of Harmony Rd. & Snow Mesa)

    • COVID-19 testing, all ages.
    • 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – noon Saturday and Sunday.
    • Drive-thru
      • For Drive-thru Monday – Friday, the first hour of the day is reserved for pre-op patients; appointments start at 10 a.m.
      • Please enter the drive-thru off of Corbett Drive and proceed south. Turn right on Timberwood Drive, which will turn into Snow Mesa Drive, then turn right into the collection site.

UCHealth Laboratory – Main Street, 2101 Main St., Longmont CO 80501

    • COVID-19 testing, all ages.
    • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.​ ​Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday; Closed Sunday.
    • Drive-thru only. Located in the north parking lot of UCHealth Urgent Care.

Steamboat Springs

UCHealth Laboratory – Yampa Valley Medical Center, 940 Central Park Drive, Steamboat Springs CO 80487

    • COVID-19 testing by appointment only. Call 970.875.2686 or self-schedule via My Health Connection.
    • 1 – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday. Closed Saturdays and Sundays.
    • COVID-19 testing drive-thru only, located in the West Lot. Turn to the Medical Office Building and follow the signs for the UCHealth COVID-19 Testing Center located in the northwest corner.