COVID-19 Local Testing Options

Below are the current testing options for MMC patients:

Mountain Medical Center

Please note that appointment availability is limited and will be prioritized to symptomatic patients and people with close contact exposures to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. This means you have spent 15+ minutes within 6 feet of someone within 48 hours of them becoming symptomatic and/or testing positive. You will be scheduled for an actual office visit with a provider where you will also be evaluated for other conditions as appropriate (strep throat, influenza, etc).

If you are symptomatic, please call 970.626.5123 x 1 and we will schedule you an appointment as soon as possible. If you are asymptomatic and have met the definition of “close contact” to a positive case, please call the office and schedule a test for 5-7 days after your contact with the positive case.

Please note – testing too early after contact exposure may result in a false negative.

Please see CDC Quarantine Guidelines here for updated recommendations. Currently there are two options for reduced quarantine timelines from the 14 day gold standard:
1) If you are asymptomatic and don’t work with high risk individuals, you may stop quarantine after 10 days without testing.
2) If you are asymptomatic and want to test, you may stop quarantine after day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later).
After stopping quarantine, please continue to watch for symptoms for 14 days after exposure.

Please note that testing for travel, curiosity, or testing because of individual employer return-to-work guidelines are NOT appointments covered by insurance and you will be considered self-pay for the visit costs. Insurance coverage generally includes only symptomatic visits and exposures to known positives within 14 days of exposure. Please contact your specific plan for more details.

Ouray County Public Health Agency (OCPHA) in Ouray

The public health office in Ouray is using nasal PCR swabs for testing symptomatic patients and those who are identified through contact tracing as known close contacts of a positive case. You may also request to be tested if you are asymptomatic and do not have known contact. Testing occurs in your vehicle in the parking lot at the OCPHA building in Ouray. Please call 970.325.4670 to schedule your appointment. No doctor’s order is required.

Please note that Curative nasal swabs have been discontinued at this time. The decision comes after the FDA cited additional concerns about the accuracy of the Curative assay and collection methods.

Walgreens in Montrose

Walgreens Pharmacy in Montrose (30 miles north of Ridgway) is currently offering drive-thru PCR nasal testing without a doctor’s order. Please click here to chose your local Walgreens and complete the form to sign up for a test.

Mesa County Public Health

If MMC is full and Walgreens isn’t an option, you may also consider being tested in Grand Junction at Mesa County Public Health (90 miles north of Ridgway). Pre-registration for the PCR nasal swabs is encouraged at the fairgrounds and required at CO Mesa University and at the COVIDCheck Colorado sites. You do not need a doctor’s order to be tested at their sites.

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