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Drive-thru COVID-19 testing now available 7 days a week at Orleans

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Posted at 3:29 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 18:44:54-04

Clark County and University Medical Center announced that the appointment-only, drive-thru COVID-19 testing program at the Orleans Hotel & Casino is expanding to 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The testing is free for anyone who doesn’t have insurance and is open to anyone, whether exhibiting symptoms of the virus or not.

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The drive-thru operation opened Tuesday on the first floor of the parking garage on the west site of the Orleans property off Cameron Street as an initial step toward expanding the community’s capacity to make COVID-19 testing more widely available to the public.

More than 1,400 people have received tests at the site, which is being operated by Clark County, UMC and the Nevada National Guard. The Orleans is located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave.

The Orleans drive-thru site is now accepting 900 appointments per day, and officials are continuing to work on expanding capacity. The type of testing available at the site is polymerase chain reaction tests, better known as PCR tests, which show whether someone currently has COVID-19.

Anyone wanting to schedule a test can make an appointment by visiting the COVID-19 Testing Center on the home page of UMC’s website.

Officials are working on opening other testing locations in the near future. Additionally, the Southern Nevada Health District is working with local jurisdictions to conduct testing in senior residential complexes and other facilities located in high-risk areas.