The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment opened several free community COVID-19 testing sites throughout the state last week in an effort to increase access.

Testing is now available Monday through Friday at Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Fruita Monument High School in Fruita from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Mission Medical Center in Colorado Springs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Testing is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays at Logan County Fairgrounds in Sterling and on Sundays at Northeast Colorado Health Department.

All sites are free of charge and currently open for testing. Walk-ins are welcome but registration is encouraged. Registration for each site is available online at covidcheckcolorado.org.

An additional testing site was also opened at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont. The site is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with registration available at mako.exchange/scheduler/registration/?location=57.

The state is also hosting COVID-19 testing events at temporary locations.

Testing will be available from noon to 6 p.m. at Bea Underwood Elementary School in Parachute on Monday and at Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle on Tuesday.

CDPHE recommends people get tested for COVID-19 around seven days after suspected exposure or immediately if experiencing symptoms.

COVID-19 symptoms can appear two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, sore throat and loss of taste or smell.

People who suspect they have been exposed to the virus should isolate themselves while they await test results.

Currently, experts estimate one in 40 Coloradans are contagious with the coronavirus.

Other COVID-19 community testing sites can be found online at covidtest.colorado.gov/map.

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