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COVID-19 drive-thru testing site reopens at Texas Station

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Posted at 6:03 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 15:17:27-05

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — With a surge of COVID-19 cases seen in Southern Nevada along with an increased demand for testing, a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site will open in the parking garage at the Texas Station hotel-casino.

The additional testing site will reopen at 8 a.m. on Nov. 13 and is located on the first floor of the parking garage on the south side of the property.

The site is located at 2101 Texas Star Lane and will operate from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday while being closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Clark County is partnering with the Southern Nevada Health District, Nevada National Guard, University Medical Center, the City of North Las Vegas and Station Casinos to open this drive-thru site.

“Clark County is working closely with the state and our community partners to address the increase in COVID-19 cases we are seeing in Southern Nevada,” said Clark County Commission Vice Chairman Lawrence Weekly. “We need to work together to encourage anyone with symptoms to get tested and to stay home if you are sick. We also need everyone to continue practicing all the measures that we know limit the spread of viruses including regular handwashing, wearing face coverings in public places and social distancing.”

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This Texas Station site joins other free testing sites that include those as Cashman Center and UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

The Cashman Center site, operated in partnership with the City of Las Vegas, operates Tuesdays through Saturdays. And the UNLV site, located in the Pavilion Room on the second floor of the Thomas & Mack Center, operates Sunday through Thursday.

The drive-thru site at Texas Station will offer testing using oral swabs administered by clinical staff. The site will operate on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointments are needed.

Testing is open to anyone, with or without symptoms, including children.

Those arriving for testing will be asked to wear face coverings in their vehicles throughout the process until they are advised to remove face coverings to undergo sample collection.

People should bring photo identification and provide their phone numbers to be notified of their results by the health district. Results can be viewed on the health district’s website and are typically processed in 24 to 48 hours (but may take longer due to high volumes of testing).

“Our community is continuing to rise to the challenges presented to us by COVID-19 as well as the onset of flu season,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick, who serves as vice-chair of the Southern Nevada District Board of Health. “Now is not the time to let our guard down. All of us need to do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 until a vaccine becomes available."

The Nevada National Guard will assist the health district with on-site patient registration and sample collection at the Texas Station site, while UMC’s lab will process lab results.

The health district will follow up with those who test positive for the virus as part of its disease investigation efforts.

Members of the public are urged to do their part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by “answering the call” when they receive a telephone call from a public health representative or an automated notification through text or email.

"Testing continues to be a crucial part of our efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and I'm grateful to see that Texas Station will once again serve as a convenient location for people to get tested," said North Las Vegas City Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown.

Since May, Clark County and partnering organizations have conducted 303,372 tests as part of its community-based testing efforts at public sites as well as strike team events at area schools and community centers.

More information on the coronavirus is also available on the Southern Nevada Health District's website.