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Find a COVID-19 test in the Las Vegas area

Plus, how to identify symptoms: COVID, cold, or flu?
Virus Ourtbreak Nevada
Posted at 2:42 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2022-01-14 19:29:14-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Here are different ways to book a COVID-19 test in the Las Vegas area and a breakdown of the differences between cold, flu, and COVID-19 symptoms. Symptom information comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

TESTING INFORMATION

Gov. Steve Sisolak says more than 500,000 take-home rapid COVID-19 tests are coming to Nevada, paid for by federal relief funding. Nevadans will be able to use the NV Health Response website to find the test closest to them and monitor when new tests are expected to arrive. READ MORE

The federal government is launching a website, COVIDTests.gov, where Americans can order free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests and have them delivered directly to their homes. READ MORE

In addition to the take-home tests, Clark County and the Southern Nevada Health District recently announced two new pop-up drive-thru testing locations in the valley:

  • Texas Station, which opened this week, at 2101 Texas Star Lane, off Rancho Drive and Coran Lane; operates 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
  • Fiesta Henderson, which opens on Saturday, at 777 W. Lake Mead Parkway will operate 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday through Wednesday.
  • The Health District also relocated its UNLV test site to Sam Boyd Stadium and extended hours at its College of Southern Nevada test sites.

Appointments are needed and can be made on INeedACovid19Test.com.

There are three different types of COVID-19 testing sites in Clark County:

  1. Long-term sites: Long-term, recurring sites are those where vaccinations and testing are conducted at the same location for a longer duration on a regular schedule. For a list of long-term sites in Clark County, click here.
  2. Short-term "pop-up" sites: Short-term “pop-up” sites are those where vaccinations and testing are conducted at a location for a shorter duration and not on a regular, recurring schedule. These sites are at smaller facilities (local supermarkets, libraries, community centers, etc.) and ensure residents in the County have access to a site located in their neighborhood. Book an appointment for drive-thru testing at a pop-up site at INeedACovid19Test.com.
  3. Pharmacy sites: These sites are those where vaccinations and testing are conducted at a pharmacy location. For a list of pharmacy testing sites in Clark County, click here.

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF LONG-TERM AND PHARMACY SITES IN THE VALLEY

Here is information about booking an appointment for a COVID-19 test in the Las Vegas valley:

  • For a list of long-term and pharmacy testing sites in Clark County, click here.
  • Book an appointment for drive-thru testing at a pop-up site provided by the Southern Nevada Health District and Clark County at INeedACovid19Test.com.
  • Testing events sponsored by the Southern Nevada Health District or its community partners can be found at Covid.SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict.org/Testing.
  • A testing and vaccine locator provided by the state can be found at NVCovidFighter.org.
  • Prefer to speak with a person? Call 1-800-401-0946 between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

FEELING SICK?

The CDC has a self-checker to check your symptoms and additional testing information on cdc.gov.

COLD SYMPTOMS

  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Headaches
  • Body aches

FLU SYMPTOMS

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Click here for flu treatment information.

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
  • Call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COVID-19 AND THE FLU:

Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2), and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.

COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than the flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people. It can also take longer before people show symptoms and people can be contagious for longer.

Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.

While more is learned every day about COVID-19 and the virus that causes it, there is still a lot that is unknown. This comparison of COVID-19 and flu is using the best available information to date. Check back for any changes/new information from the CDC.

Learn more on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: CDC.gov.

This story was updated with the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Jan. 13, 2022.