Because Colorado now has capacity for private labs to conduct testing, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) encourages anyone who is symptomatic or who believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19 to call or email their physician first for guidance, obtain a doctor’s order for testing, and request information about private providers where you can get tested. Always call first before reporting to a healthcare facility for testing. Providers such as UCHealth, Kaiser Permanente, and Stride Community Health Center have testing capacity. Any medical provider with a relationship with LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics can test, but be sure to contact your provider ahead of time because many providers have centralized sites for testing due to safety precautions.
CDC has recently published a Symptom Checker on their website. This is an interactive tool to help the public determine if they are having symptoms related to COVID-19 and how they should proceed - including if they need testing.
COVID-19 Prevention Information
Currently a vaccine or drug is not available for COVID-19. Community-based interventions such as school dismissals, event cancellations, social distancing, and creating employee plans to work remotely can help slow the spread of COVID-19. Individuals can practice everyday prevention measures like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes. CDC site for preventing COVID-19 spread in communities.
Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who are sick or have been exposed to people who are sick. This can include people who have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as people who have not been tested but have the symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough and shortness of breath). Generally, as long as the site is suitable, a person’s residence is the preferred setting for quarantine and isolation, according to the CDC. More information is on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment web site.