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COVID-19 testing blitz continues in Tucson next two Saturdays
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COVID-19 testing blitz continues in Tucson next two Saturdays

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The state lists four sites participating in this Saturday’s blitz, and nine on May 30.

The number of those tested locally during last weekend’s statewide testing blitz doubled from the week prior, as nearly 1,500 people received coronavirus diagnostic tests at 14 sites around Pima County last Saturday.

Just days after the Arizona Department of Health Services announced that it would extend the blitz through the rest of the month, 1,461 people received tests during the third round of the program last Saturday, according to figures provided by the county.

Local officials had expressed concern after 735 and 588 people were tested during the second and first week, respectively, citing a myriad of issues, including limited available tests, restrictions on who can participate, equity of location sites, and the fact the blitz was rolled out with no notice to local health departments.

The county said last week that it could provide more than 3,000 tests at its locations. Eligibility to participate differs at each site, but health officials said anybody who thinks they’ve been exposed, either by showing symptoms or by being in proximity to someone with the virus, can receive a test.

Heading into the fourth weekend, the state lists only four sites participating in this Saturday’s blitz, and nine on May 30, although a health department spokesman said the list is constantly changing and updating.

Here is a list of the locations participating, as well as instructions on how to register, if it is required, as of Thursday afternoon:

Saturday, May 23
  • FastMed – 1895 W. Valencia Road, Suite 101; 576-5104; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Preregistration required at fastmed.com
  • FastMed – Broadway, 2510 E. Broadway; 232-2072; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Preregistration required at fastmed.com
Saturday, May 30
  • El Rio Health-Congress Clinic, 839 W. Congress St.; 670-3909; 7 a.m.-noon. Limited to existing patients.
  • El Rio Health-Pueblo Clinic, 101 W. Irvington Road, Building 10; 670-3909; 7 a.m.-noon. Limited to existing patients.
  • El Rio Health-Southeast Clinic, 6950 E. Golf Links Road; 670-3909; 7 a.m.-noon. Limited to existing patients.
  • Walgreen’s, 10315 E. Broadway; 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Preregistration required at walgreens.com/coronavirus
  • MHC Healthcare (Marana Health Center), 13395 N. Marana Main St.; 682-4111; 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • MHC Healthcare (Marana Health Center), 2325 N. Wyatt Drive; 682-4111; 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Escalera Health, 2224 N. Craycroft Road; 7 a.m.-noon. Preregistration required at escalerahealth.com
  • FastMed, 1895 W. Valencia Road, Suite 101; 576-5104; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Preregistration required at fastmed.com
  • FastMed, 2510 E. Broadway; 232-2072; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Preregistration required at fastmed.com

For the most-up-to date location information and for more about the testing blitz, visit azdhs.gov/testingblitz.

Contact reporter Justin Sayers at jsayers1@tucson.comor 573-4192. Twitter: @_JustinSayers. Facebook: JustinSSayers.

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