Testing for COVID-19

UCHealth provides two types of COVID-19 tests: a nasal swab (PCR) test, which detects the presence of the COVID-19 virus in the nasal passages, and a blood test which looks for COVID-19 antibodies. The nasal swab test is recommended only for those currently experiencing symptoms.

Many insurance providers cover COVID-19 testing. Please check with your insurance for details.

For employers seeking testing for employees, learn more about our Employer Solutions Program.


Nasal swab test

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

Antibody blood test

Detects the presence of COVID-19 virus antibodies.
$100

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

 

COVID-19 tests

COVID-19 virus detection nasal swab test

A PCR (nasal swab) test can determine if someone currently has a COVID-19 infection.

For patients who currently have symptoms that could be due to COVID-19, the nasal swab test is needed for diagnosis. Antibodies are proteins found in the blood that are produced as someone fights off a virus or bacteria. The presence of COVID-19 antibodies suggests that someone has been exposed to or been sick with the virus. If a patient currently has symptoms that could be due to COVID-19, it is likely too early for them to have antibodies to COVID-19. They should have a nasal swab and if interested, antibody testing should be done two weeks after they first had symptoms.

COVID-19 antibody detection blood test

A serology antibody test (blood draw) can determine if someone was exposed to COVID-19 and now has antibodies.

The antibody tests being used at UCHealth are among the highest-quality, most accurate tests available. These tests have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and meet the agency’s accuracy requirements for emergency use. Unlike some antibody tests being used elsewhere, these tests are more than 98% accurate – both sensitive and specific. “Sensitive” meaning it will be able to pick up small numbers of antibodies and “specific” meaning it will be able to pick up on the right kind of antibodies for this particular coronavirus strain, ultimately making the test more accurate and avoiding the likelihood of false positives or false negatives.

Importantly, we do not know if the presence of antibodies means that someone has some immunity to the virus, or if they might be less susceptible to contracting or spreading COVID-19 in the future. People should not change their behavior in any way should they have antibodies. They should continue to follow physical distancing, wash their hands frequently, and stay home if they develop symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of whether they have antibodies to COVID-19 or a negative nasal swab test.

Patients may choose either or both tests. Testing is voluntary.

UCHealth can help employers seeking testing for employees through our COVID-19 Employer Solutions Program.

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Tests to identify COVID-19 antibodies differ from the “nasal swab” tests you see long lines of drivers lining up to get. Nasal swab tests look for the presence of the novel coronavirus to diagnose active COVID-19 infections. Antibody tests, though, look for specific blood proteins called antibodies which our bodies produce to fight infections. Most antibody tests use a blood draw to fill a small vial.

Because COVID-19 is so new, scientists don’t know if persons who have antibodies in their blood are immune to getting the disease, or how long any immunity will last.

But it’s important that the antibody tests be accurate. Recently the FDA acknowledged that many antibody tests currently available in the U.S. are being marketed with false or unsubstantiated claims.

The antibody tests that UCHealth provides have been evaluated by the FDA and meet the agency’s requirements for accuracy and specificity. These are among the few antibody tests authorized by the FDA.

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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 two types of COVID-19 testing. All testing is voluntary. One type of test, called a PCR test, can tell you if you have COVID-19 now. This test requires a nose swab. UCHealth is also offering an antibody test. This test can tell you if you’ve been exposed or if you were sick with COVID-19 in the past. This test requires a blood draw.

What is the difference between these two tests?

A nose-swab PCR test for COVID-19 looks for the presence of the virus in someone who is sick right now or has recently gotten better. An antibody test can see if someone has been exposed to COVID-19 and now has antibodies to the illness.

What are antibodies?

When we get infections, our bodies create proteins to fight infections. These are called antibodies.

How long does it take for a person to create antibodies?

It can take days or weeks for a person to develop antibodies.

How long do antibodies to COVID-19 last?

Researchers don’t know yet how long antibodies to COVID-19 last or whether they protect people from getting sick in the future.

Why should I get the COVID-19 test?

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

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Exhaustion
  • Body aches
  • Sudden loss of taste or smell

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

Why should I get an antibody test?

An antibody test can tell you if you have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. If you test positive and you have fully recovered from COVID-19, you might be able to donate what’s known as convalescent plasma to patients who are currently sick with COVID-19.

Also, results from antibody tests might help medical experts understand how widely the new coronavirus has spread in our communities. But, it’s important to know that a positive test result to an antibody test does not mean you are safe (immune) from getting COVID-19 in the future. Researchers are still working to understand how protective these antibodies to COVID-19 will be.

If I get a positive test result from an antibody test, what does that mean?

Since COVID-19 is such a new illness, medical experts are still learning how COVID-19 antibodies work. If your test shows that you have antibodies (a positive result), that means that it’s likely you have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. But, a positive result does not mean you are immune or less likely to get COVID-19 in the future.

Even if your results from an antibody test are positive, you should still follow social distancing guidelines. These include:

  • Stay at least six feet away from people outside of your household.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Wear a mask in public.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.

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.

I heard antibody tests can be inaccurate. Is that true?

Yes, there are many commercial antibody tests found at drug stores, labs and at medical facilities. Many of these tests are not accurate and have not been authorized by the FDA. UCHealth is only offering tests that our medical experts have tested and verified. UCHealth COVID-19 tests are high-quality, accurate, FDA-authorized tests.

What if I get an antibody test elsewhere?

You should be very careful about the type of antibody test you get. If you get tested outside of UCHealth, ask questions about the type of test you will be getting. UCHealth experts found that antibody tests that only required a finger prick were not accurate. You will want an antibody test that:

  • Requires a full blood draw.
  • Has been tested and proven to be accurate.
  • Is approved by the FDA.

Why is an inaccurate antibody test concerning?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is what’s known as a coronavirus. These viruses are very common, and some are not dangerous. A different type of coronavirus causes the common cold. An inaccurate antibody test might find antibodies to other common coronaviruses. If you get results from an inaccurate antibody test, you might wrongly believe you have immunities to COVID-19.

Regardless or the results you get from any antibody test, do not assume that you are immune from COVID-19. This illness is serious and can cause people to become critically ill. Please take all precautions to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading the virus thatcauses COVID-19.

Where is UCHealth offering testing?

UCHealth is offering testing at more than 40 locations in metro Denver, northern Colorado, southern Colorado and Steamboat Springs. These include many UCHealth hospitals and urgent care locations, some of which provide drive-thru testing. To find a location near you and available days/hours for an appointment, please schedule through My Health Connection.

How can I make an appointment to get a COVID-19 test, an antibody test or both?

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

Will my health insurance cover testing?

Many insurance providers will cover COVID-19 and antibody 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. And, for antibody testing, it’s also possible that the cost of the test itself may be covered, but that you will be charged for the blood draw.

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 and an antibody test will cost $100.

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.

How long will it take to get my results back?

Test results will be uploaded to the individual’s My Health Connection as soon as possible, but may take longer than expected due to high demand.

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.

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.

If you need medical advice, please contact your provider.

COVID-19 testing sites


Testing site hours are subject to change.

Metro Denver

UCHealth Laboratory – ​Smoky Hill Testing Center, 25551 E. Smoky Hill Rd. Aurora, CO 80016

    • COVID-19 testing and antibody testing
    • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 7 days a week
    • Drive-thru only.

UCHealth Laboratory – ​University of Colorado Hospital Anschutz, 12605 E. 16th Ave., Aurora, CO 80045

    • COVID-19 and antibody testing
    • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 7 days a week
    • Drive-thru only. Located at the main entrance of the hospital. (AIP)

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

    • COVID-19 and antibody testing
    • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 7 days a week
    • Drive-thru only. The drive-thru is located on the top level of the parking garage. Enter from Town Center Drive.

​UCHealth Laboratory-Broomfield Hospital, 11820 Destination Drive, Broomfield CO 80021

    • Antibody testing site
    • 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

UCHealth Urgent Care – Steele Street, 311 Steele St., Denver, CO 80206

    • Antibody testing site
    • 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

UCHealth Urgent Care – Thornton, 13631 Colorado Blvd., Thornton, CO 80602

    • Antibody testing site
    • ​​8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

UCHealth Urgent Care – Sterling Ranch, 8155 Piney River Ave., Littleton, CO 80125

    • Antibody testing site
    • 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m Saturday-Sunday

UCHealth Urgent Care – Quincy, 16951 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora, CO 80015

    • Antibody testing site
    • 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m Saturday-Sunday

UCHealth Urgent Care – Arvada West, 15240 W. 64th Ave., Arvada, CO 80007

    • Antibody testing site
    • 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m Saturday-Sunday

​UCHealth Urgent Care – Highlands Ranch, 9475 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

    • Antibody testing site
    • 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m Saturday-Sunday

UCHealth Urgent Care – Castle Rock, 4404 Barranca Lane, Castle Rock CO 80104

      • Antibody (serology) testing site
      • ​​​8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

Southern Colorado

UCHealth Laboratory – Parkside, 2050 Kidskare Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80910

    • COVID-19 and antibody testing site
    • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ​Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday
    • Drive-thru only

UCHealth Laboratory – Memorial Hospital Central, 1400 E. Boulder St., Colorado Springs, CO 80909

    • COVID-19 and antibody testing site
    • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. ​Monday – Friday
    • Drive-thru only

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

    • COVID-19 and antibody testing site
    • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. ​Monday – Friday
    • Drive-thru only

UCHealth Laboratory-Printers Park, 175 S. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910

    • Antibody (serology) testing site
    • 6 a.m.-5:30 p.m.,Monday-Friday; 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday

UCHealth Laboratory-Briargate, 8890 N. Union Parkway, Colorado Springs CO 80920

    • Antibody (serology) testing site
    • 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday 

UCHealth Laboratory-Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, ​16420 W. Highway 24, Woodland Park CO 80863

    • Antibody (serology) testing site
    •  ​7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

UCHealth Urgent Care – Voyager, ​13445 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80921

    • Antibody (serology) testing site
    • 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

UCHealth Urgent Care – Garden of the Gods, 1035 Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

    • Antibody (serology) testing site
    • ​​8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

​UCHealth Urgent Care – Powers, 4323 Integrity Center Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80917

    • Antibody (serology) testing site
    • 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

​UCHealth Urgent Care – Falcon, 11605 Meridian Market View, Suite 184, Falcon, CO 80831

    • Antibody (serology) testing site
    • 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

Northern Colorado

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

    • COVID-19 and antibody testing site
    • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday – Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    • Drive-thru (COVID-19 and antibody tests); inside lab (antibody tests only).
      • For Drive-thru M – F, first hour of the day is reserved for pre-op patients; appointments start at 10 a.m.

UCHealth Laboratory – ​Greeley Midtown, 1900 16th Street, Greeley, CO 80632

    • Antibody testing site
    • 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday – Friday

UCHealth Laboratory – Greeley Emergency and Surgery Center, 6906 W 10th St., Greeley CO 80634

    • Antibody testing site
    • 7 a.m.–7 p.m. daily

UCHealth Laboratory – Poudre Valley Hospital, 1024 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524

    • Antibody testing site
    • 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday–Friday

​UCHealth Laboratory – Garfield, 1025 Garfield St., Suite C, Fort Collins, CO 80252

    • Antibody testing site
    • 6:30 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday–Friday

UCHealth Laboratory – Medical Center of the Rockies, 2500 Rocky Mountain Ave., Loveland, CO 80538

    • Drive-thru
    • COVID-19 and antibody testing site
    • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday–Friday; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
      • For Drive-thru M – F, first hour of the day is reserved for pre-op patients; appointments start at 10 a.m.
    • Enter via the hospital’s Emergency Department entrance. Follow the signs to the collection tent area.

UCHealth Laboratory – Medical Center of the Rockies, 2500 Rocky Mountain Ave., Loveland, CO 80538

    • Located inside MCR
    • Antibody testing site
    • 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday–Friday

UCHealth Laboratory – Longs Peak Hospital, 1750 E. Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, CO 80504

    • Antibody testing site
    • 6:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday

UCHealth Laboratory – Windsor, 1455 Main St., Suite 130, Windsor CO 80524

    • Antibody testing site
    • 6:30 a.m–5 p.m. Monday–Friday (closed 12:30–1:30 p.m.)

UCHealth Laboratory – Greeley Hospital, 6767 W. 29th St., Greeley, CO 80634

    • ​Antibody testing site
    • 6:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday

UCHealth Laboratory-Firestone, 11083 Colorado Blvd, Firestone CO 80504

    • ​Antibody testing site
    • 6:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday

UCHealth Laboratory-Longmont, 1925 Mountain View Avenue, Longmont CO 80501

    • ​Antibody testing site
    • 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Saturday

UCHealth Urgent Care – Loveland, 3850 N. Grant Ave., Suite 200, Loveland, CO 80538

    • Antibody (serology) testing site
    • 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

UCHealth Urgent Care – Harmony, 2127 E. Harmony Rd., Suite 140, Fort Collins, CO 80528

    • Antibody (serology) testing site
    • 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

UCHealth Urgent Care – Greeley, 1900 16th St., Greeley, CO

    • Antibody (serology) testing site
    • 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily

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

    • COVID-19 and antibody (serology) testing site
    • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.​ ​Monday – Friday; 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    • Drive-thru only

UCHealth Urgent Care – Firestone, 5965 Firestone Blvd., Building B, Firestone CO 80504

    • Antibody (serology) testing site
    • 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m Saturday-Sunday

UCHealth Primary Care – Estes Park, 131 Stanley Ave., Estes Park CO 80517

    • COVID-19 and Antibody (serology) testing site
    • 10 a.m – 2 p.m. Monday-Friday
    • Drive-thru only (Please enter off of Highway 7 at The Ridgeline Hotel entrance.)

Steamboat Springs

UCHealth Laboratory – Yampa Valley Medical Park, 3001 S. Lincoln Ave. Suite D, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

    • COVID-19 testing by appointment only. Call 970.875.2686 or self-schedule via My Health Connection.
    • 9-11 a.m. Monday – Friday; 1 – 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; Closed Saturday and Sunday.

UCHealth Laboratory – Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

    • Antibody testing by appointment only. Call 970.871.2350 or self-schedule via My Health Connection.
    • 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday – Friday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.