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UMC extends COVID-19 testing through the end of year

Posted at 12:03 AM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 03:04:11-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — UMC announced today that it will continue to operate its large-scale COVID-19 testing location at the Las Vegas Convention Center through the remainder of 2020, providing local companies with convenient access to COVID-19 testing services for their employees.

UMC introduced the testing center on May 21, partnering with the Culinary Health Fund, the Las Vegas Convention Center, local gaming and resort properties, and community and business leaders to provide valuable COVID-19 testing services for local workers.

“As companies across Southern Nevada face new challenges amid this unprecedented crisis, UMC remains committed to helping our local business community protect the health of their employees,” said UMC CEO Mason VanHouweling. “Our world-class team at the Las Vegas Convention Center looks forward to continuing to offer the robust COVID-19 testing resources needed to prevent new cases of the virus and build a brighter future for our community.”

UMC offers highly customizable COVID-19 testing services for businesses of all sizes at the Las Vegas Convention Center, providing PCR tests to identify active cases of the virus, in addition to COVID-19 antibody testing services. UMC encourages local businesses to contact the hospital’s Corporate Testing Services team today at 702-383-2388 or evelia.olivero@umcsn.com to learn more about UMC’s COVID-19 testing services for employers.

The testing services at the Las Vegas Convention Center are available to employees of businesses that have established testing partnerships with UMC. Although the location is not open to the public, UMC offers two large-scale public testing centers in Southern Nevada, providing COVID-19 tests at no out-of-pocket cost to community members at Cashman Center and the UNLV Thomas & Mack Center Strip View Pavilion. Community members can schedule appointments at these public testing locations by visiting www.umcsn.com/testing and selecting “Public” from the drop-down menu. While appointments are strongly encouraged, walk-up stations at both public testing locations offer some tests each day for those who arrive without appointments on a first-come, first-served basis.

Whenever possible, UMC asks the public to please save the available public testing appointments for community members with symptoms of COVID-19 and those who have been exposed to the virus. Exposure is defined as spending 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of someone with an active COVID-19 infection, regardless of whether you or the other individual wore a face-covering during the encounter. Community members should schedule their testing appointments five to seven days after being exposed to the virus. Testing prior to this time period may result in false-negative results.