Coronavirus swabbing site in Colorado Springs opens to anyone experiencing symptoms in the last 3-5 days

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - Anyone showing certain symptoms of COVID-19 may now use the swabbing site near Memorial Park in Colorado Springs to get tested.

The announcement was made Thursday afternoon. Testing will now be provided to any individual experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath within the last 3-5 days.

The site is located at South Parkside Drive/KidsKare Point, one block east of Memorial Park. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are those of an acute respiratory infection or influenza-like illness. Symptoms typically include fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, and body aches. Other less common symptoms could include headache, confusion, runny nose, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of smell.

The site orginally opened as one of three locations in Colorado for health care workers and first responders statewide to go and be tested.

"We are grateful for the support of our federal partners at FEMA,” said county health department Emergency Preparedness and Response Program Manager Lisa Powell through a statement released in the past. “The ability to expand local testing capability is an incredible resource, and it gives us the opportunity to provide expedited testing for our most vulnerable populations.”

The site is a drive-up, so those going will not need to get out of their car. Patients are asked not to bring pets or anyone who is not getting tested.

Information to know before you go

Location: 175 S. Union Blvd. (just east of Memorial Park)
Times: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Who can come: Anyone showing symptoms in the last 3-5 days
What to bring: A photo ID and insurance information.
Do I need a doctor's note? No