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FRIDAY: Free surge testing sites to open in Maryvale, South Mountain Park

Coronavirus COVID-19 testing in Arizona
Posted at 11:54 AM, Jul 14, 2020

PHOENIX — Starting Friday, July 17, coronavirus surge testing will be available at two locations in Phoenix.

The testing sites will be located at South Mountain Park, 10919 S. Central Avenue, and Maryvale High School, 3415 N. 59th Avenue. Both sites will be able to conduct 2,500 tests per day and will be open for the next 12 days, a news release from the Arizona Department of Health Services said.

AZDHS said people can pre-register for an appointment via azhealth.gov/SurgeTesting. An appointment is required, according to the site.

According to the website, as of July 16, publicized hours for testing appointments at South Mountain Park and Maryvale High School are:

  • Friday, July 17: 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 18: 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 19: 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Monday, July 20: 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The tests are free and no license or health insurance is required, officials said. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will require a name and contact information, ABC15 was told.

The drive-thru test will involve a self-administered nasal swab. Results are expected to be available within 24 or 48 hours of the test arriving at the lab. Those results will be posted via an online portal, according to the news release.

Those tested will also receive five cloth face coverings.

The governor’s office worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with Phoenix’s incident management team to develop a plan to set up the testing sites in zip codes with high rates of coronavirus and in under-served communities.

"The rapid surge in testing will have an immediate impact in containing COVID-19 and help us to increase testing in communities where it's needed most," Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement. "My thanks to our federal partners and their continued partnership and for continuing to step up and aid public health in Arizona."