UNLV Medicine shuts downtown curbside COVID-19 testing operation

UNLV is shutting its curbside COVID-19 testing site in downtown Las Vegas on Friday, the university announced.

UNLV started offering free nasal swabs March 23 at its South Shadow Lane campus and more than 18,000 people have been tested since then, according to a Thursday announcement on the university’s website.

It was the longest continuously operating COVID-19 testing site in Nevada and received significant support from the Nevada National Guard, the university said. The announcement did not mention why the operation is closing down at a time when the state continues to emphasize testing and a backlog has developed in getting results.

“With the removal of the Nevada National Guard, UNLV Medicine personnel will be reassigned to their respective clinics to manage increased patient visits,” according to the announcement. “The health care providers will continue to serve remaining patients who are awaiting test results and consulting with those who have tested positive for COVID-19.”

Meanwhile, testing at UNLV’s Tropicana Parking Garage — which began May 27 — also was closing Friday but will reopen inside the university’s Thomas & Mack Center during the second week of August, according to the university’s announcement.

The Tropicana site is a partnership among UNLV, Clark County, University Medical Center and the Nevada National Guard.

Once the new testing site at the Thomas & Mack Center is open, its hours of operation will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling UMC at 702-383-2619 or online at umcsn.com/COVID19/ConsentBlue.aspx (select the “public” option from the drop-down menu).

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact Julie Wootton-Greener at [email protected] or 702-387-2921. Follow @julieswootton on Twitter.

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