LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas' largest COVID-19 testing site has reopened and relocated to Sam Boyd Stadium after closing down on Thursday.
The site, which was previously located at UNLV's Paradise Campus, will now be able to administer an estimated 1,200 COVID-19 tests and 300 COVID-19 vaccines per day.
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“We were hoping to come out here with a bigger footprint so we wouldn’t inconvenience so many people in that Paradise campus site, with traffic that backs up," said Billy Samuels, deputy fire chief for Clark County.
Although the demand for tests is high, Samuels says it was necessary to shut down the UNLV Paradise Campus site for the past three days.
“It’s simple: staffing. I can’t open a site and build out a site if I don’t have people to do that. Just the same with your favorite restaurant, or school district or your hotels or hospitals — everyone’s having a staffing issue," Samuels said.
The testing site will resume its normal hours of operation Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The number of tests and vaccines done per day will depend on supplies and staffing.
County officials encouraged those looking to get a test done to schedule an appointment ahead of time, but said there are other things to take into consideration.
“Patience, have patience when you come. There’s going to be a lot of traffic and a lot of frustrations, but just be patient," Samuels said. "Everyone’s doing the best they can and provide a service to the community."
For more information on testing sites and making an appointment, you can visit the Southern Nevada Health District's website.