This article first appeared in the Vail Daily on November 12, 2020.
On Friday, Vail Health is opening a new COVID-19 testing site in the heart of Vail. Located in a mobile testing facility outside the current Emergency Department at Vail Health Hospital, 181 W. Meadow Drive, patients will be able to receive testing without seeing a provider.
COVID-19 testing will be conducted seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment only. Patients can park near the site by visiting the concierge service at the main entrance of the hospital.
“Convenient access to reliable rapid turnaround testing is essential to helping us determine if a patient has COVID-19 so that we can treat them and ensure that transmission to others is minimized. It also helps keep our schools open and safe and allows business to remain open,” said Will Cook, president and CEO of Vail Health. “This newest testing site allows people in the main Vail corridor a more convenient location for testing and helps ensure Vail Health’s Clean Clinic Promise by directing them to an area outside the main hospital.”
For those that would like to be tested without seeing a provider, in addition to the Vail location, appointments are also available at the COVID-19 testing trailer outside Colorado Mountain Medical in Avon at 50 Buck Creek Road by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments are available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you feel sick, make an appointment at one of the three following locations to see a provider for testing. Appointments are available by calling 970-926-6340.
Eagle: Colorado Mountain Medical, 377 Sylvan Lake Road, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Avon: Urgent Care (no appointment needed), 230 Beaver Creek Place, daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Vail: Colorado Mountain Medical, 108 S. Frontage Road, Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For those with health insurance, insurance will be billed and any out of pocket fee additional costs will be waived. Anyone without health insurance must attest via an official attestation form to no insurance, and fees will be waived for the patient and covered by Vail Health.
Anyone who is tested must isolate until results are received. Do not go back to school or work. Refer to Eagle County Public Health guidance for isolation and quarantine information. For those who have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or is under quarantine at the instruction of Eagle County Public Health, a negative COVID-19 test does not eliminate the need for quarantine. Please refer to Eagle County’s Public Health guidance on retesting, available on the Eagle County Government COVID-19 Website.
For additional information regarding COVID-19 testing in Eagle County, or instructions on accessing the Patient Portal, visit https://www.vailhealth.org/covid-19/testing.