COVID-19 Testing in Montrose

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.

To participate in COVID-19 testing, your provider must provide an order for testing in advance of your arrival.

Testing is available at 800 S. Third St., Montrose Memorial Hospital in our designated testing area:

Map of COVID testing in Montrose

Please approach this testing area from the south – either S. Nevada Ave. or from the direction closer to Townsend Ave. in order to enter the testing site from the proper direction for drive-thru service. The testing site is available Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Testing will only be done during this time frame. There is no charge for the test at this time due to the current state-supported lab process.

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.

The COVID-19 test begins with nasopharyngeal collection. This process involves a collection tool similar to a cotton swab that is inserted into your nasal cavity. The swab is spun for 15 seconds to collect nasal secretions.

Your lab specimen is sent to the state laboratory for testing. The timeframe for results is approximately 7-10 business days.

To receive your results, please contact:

  • The Provider who ordered your test
  • Montrose County Public Health at 970.964.2454
  • MMH Medical Records at 970.240.7260 (M-F 8:00am to 4:30pm)

The laboratory at MMH is NOT able to give you your test results.

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.

You can call Delta Public Health's testing site at (970) 874-2165.

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.