December 27, 2021
Increased Demand for COVID-19 Testing Leads to Long Wait Times in Boulder County
Boulder County, CO - Cases of COVID-19 have risen dramatically over the last week, likely caused by the Omicron variant, creating a significant increase in demand for testing.
Between Dec. 15 and Dec. 22, the number of tests administered increased by 332% at the Stazio community testing site in Boulder and 238% at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont.
Boulder County Public Health urges community members seeking testing to plan ahead, exercise patience and expect delays.
“Positive cases of COVID-19 in Boulder County have risen nearly 160% in the last week. As a result, we have seen a huge uptick in demand for tests, creating long lines and significant wait times. Unfortunately, we expect extended wait times to continue throughout the holidays. We are aware of the delays and are working with our partners to remedy the situation and ensure a positive experience at community testing sites,” said Chris Campbell, Boulder County Public Health Emergency Management Coordinator.
Guidance on isolation and quarantine, including a chart detailing the recommended steps by vaccination status, is available at boco.org/IsolationandQuarantine.
A complete list of testing locations in Boulder County is available at boco.org/covid19testing.
Here is what you can do to stay safe:
- Get vaccinated and boosted – Get vaccinated against COVID-19, including the booster, and get your flu vaccine. Vaccines are safe, effective and free, and preliminary data indicates that a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine offers significant protection against Omicron. An up-to-date list of vaccine providers can be found at boco.org/CovidVaccine.
- Wear a mask – Everyone 2+ is required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while indoors and should consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings.
- Increase Air Flow and Ventilation – Move gatherings outdoors when possible. While indoors, use HEPA filters or increase ventilation and airflow by opening windows or increasing air circulation.
- Wash your hands – Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand rub that contains 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Stay home if you’re sick – If you feel sick (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell or sore throat), stay home, get tested and isolate or quarantine if necessary.