Stage 1 fire restrictions, enacted for unincorporated areas of western Boulder County.

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing in Boulder County

Since the end of the federal Public Health Emergency declaration (PHE) on May 11th, 2023, free testing options are limited.


Medicare had allowed eight free over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 tests per person per month, but that benefit ended May 11, 2023. Medicare will now cover lab tests ordered by a provider.


If you have coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, you will have access to COVID-19 over-the-counter and laboratory testing through September 30, 2024. After that date, coverage of testing may vary by state.

Private Insurance

Private insurance will determine how COVID-19 tests will be covered for their beneficiaries, with possible cost sharing, prior authorization, or other forms of medical management.

Boulder County residents are encouraged to speak to their healthcare providers to access testing options.

Testing Resources for People Who Are Visually Impaired

Resources are available for people who are blind or visually impaired. If you need assistance, the organizations below offer resources for using at-home rapid tests.

For more information on how and when to use a rapid at-home test, visit CDC Self-Testing.

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Boulder County Public Health

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