County hits 400,000 free coronavirus tests given

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By News and Talk Radio 840 AM

Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - Clark County, the Southern Nevada Health District, University Medical Center, the Nevada National Guard, the local cities, ambulance companies and other community partners have conducted more than 400,000 free COVID-19 tests as part of their community testing efforts, a new milestone in the community’s response to the pandemic.

“We can be proud of our community’s response to the many challenges presented by the pandemic,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick. “I want to thank our Fire Department and our community partners for their ongoing efforts to make free COVID-19 testing as widely available as possible. The vast majority of our residents and businesses also are doing their part to help limit the spread of COVID-19. It’s important for all of us to not let our guard down as cases here and across the nation are on the rise. Please stay home if you are sick, wear face coverings when you are out in public and limit social gatherings to your immediate family members.”

Since May, Clark County and partnering organizations have conducted 401,105 tests as part of their community testing efforts. Testing is offered for free to anyone, with or without symptoms, including children and families. The public can visit the testing site calendar on the Southern Nevada Health District’s website at www.SNHD.info/covid  for a listing of public testing sites and upcoming strike team event dates and locations.

Clark County and the Southern Nevada Health District will offer free COVID-19 testing on Wednesday and Thursday at Centennial High School, located at 10200 Centennial Pkwy. 

The walk-in site will be located inside the school’s auxiliary gym and will operate from 8 a.m. to noon, or while supplies last. The tests, self-administered nasal swabs, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is needed. Testing is open to anyone, with or without symptoms, including children. Test event participants are asked to wear face coverings, and to bring photo identification and provide their phone numbers.

The Nevada National Guard, Global Medical Response ambulance company and the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas are partners in the effort.