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3rd free COVID-19 testing site in Tucson opens today at Udall Center
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3rd free COVID-19 testing site in Tucson opens today at Udall Center

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The Pima County Health Department and Paradigm Laboratories are offering free COVID-19 tests at the Kino Event Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way. Testing is by appointment only.

The city of Tucson has teamed up the Pima County Health Department and Paradigm Laboratories to open its long-awaited free testing site at the Udall Park and Recreation Center.

The third free testing site in the county, located at 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road, opens Friday, Aug. 7, and will be regularly open Tuesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tests will be administered by appointment only by registering online at pima.gov/covid19testing or by calling 800-369-3584. Officials said they can conduct up to 1,000 tests a day, with results available within 72 hours.

Saliva tests are also available at the Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Nasal swab tests are available at the Kino Event Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Registration is required at pima.gov/covid19testing.

Results at both sites have been returned on average within 72 hours, officials said. Results from all three sites are sent to the county’s expanded contact tracing team, which currently sits at 40 people, with 90 more expected to start making calls by Aug. 31.

“Improving the time between testing and getting results is the only way to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Pima County Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen said in a statement. “We’ve seen aggressive testing, case investigation and contact tracing work in other places and we have been working day and night to increase our abilities to do all this here.”

Across Pima County, 16,964 cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed. There have been 469 known COVID-19 deaths in the Tucson area, according to the state health department.


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

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