COVID-19 Testing in Montrose

NOTE: After December 31st, 2020 there will no longer be testing at the Montrose County Event Center. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please call your primary care provider. If you do not have a primary care provider, please contact one of the clinics listed here. If you are part of a worksite outbreak, please contact your supervisor or human resources office for details about testing. You can also call the Public Health Hotline at (970) 252-4545. 


If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, contact your provider for next steps. Those with symptoms should receive testing, stay away from others and follow instructions on how to isolate.

COVID testing is taking place at the Montrose County Event Center, located at 1036 North 7th Street. Testing takes place Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-11:00a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To participate in COVID-19 testing, your provider must provide an order for testing in advance of your arrival. If you do not have a provider, you may consider calling the Referral Line for information regarding local providers accepting new patients: 970.240.7374


The first step is to call your provider to see if you need to be tested & receive instruction. Please remember to contact a health care provider first before just going to an office, clinic or emergency room.

Providers must abide by state law and hospital policy to order a test for COVID-19. Individuals who may receive a test include:

  • Individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Patients undergoing surgery or at high risk of undergoing an aerosolized procedure

Yes - by definition if you are receiving this test, you are symptomatic and must wear a mask. When MMH staff are ready to collect the test sample, they will ask you to lower your mask so sample collection can begin.

Those receiving a COVID-19 test must not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum for 20 minutes prior to sample collection. Our COVID-19 test is a "curative" test - an oral swab that most people can collect themselves.

Our COVID-19 testing no longer utilizes nasopharyngeal collection as of 11/20/20.

As of 11/20/20, COVID-19 testing is now an oral swab test. These tests are estimated to have a turnaround time of up to five days. Individuals receiving this type of test submit their phone number and email and will be contacted both ways on how to receive their results. You will receive your results directly - neither Montrose Memorial Hospital nor your provider will be able to retrieve your results for you.

If you are already experiencing symptoms, being tested for COVID-19 is helpful information for your provider as it can help provide them with information to guide your care. This test tells you and your provider if you have COVID-19.

If you are being tested for antibodies, you are likely not experiencing symptoms - you are simply wanting to know if your body has been exposed to COVID-19 at some point and developed antibodies. This test tells you if you have had COVID-19. The antibody test does not provide your provider with actionable information; at this time the protection and duration offered by the antibodies is unknown. Nobody should assume it gives 100% protection or that it will last forever.

Please visit the Colorado's COVID-19 questions and answers page for a list of answers to frequently asked questions.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at MMH, call (970) 240-7220.