COVID-19 Testing in Breckenridge

COVID-19 Testing in Breckenridge

How and where should I get tested?

Vail Health, in partnership with Summit County Public Health and Breckenridge Grand Vacations, is now offering COVID-19 testing for Summit County residents.
 

BRECKENRIDGE: VH COMMUNITY TESTING SITE 

Speakeasy Theater at the BGV Community Center
103 S. Harris St., Breckenridge -  operated by Vail Health
  • Testing is by appointment only, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday 
  • We accept both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients 
  • No referral necessary

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE 

1. Visit vailhealth.org/COVIDscheduling
2. Create your account
3. Reserve a time and location
4. If you have any problems scheduling your COVID test please email us at covidtesting@vailhealth.org. This email is monitored and is the quickest way for you to get help with our scheduling website.
 

Do you need a test for travel? 

  • If you're needing a COVID-19 test for travel, it is up to you to research what is required, as each destination requiring testing has different criteria. We can provide a letter which states we ran the test in-house in our CLIA certified lab, and that the test was a molecular diagnostic test, however it is not a PCR test. If the destination requires results from a specific lab (i.e Walgreens, Quest, CVS, etc.), then you will need to get your test at that specific location.

 

What type of tests are offered?

  • All tests are currently being processed at Vail Health Hospital and are not considered a PCR test. The name of the test is called “SARS CoV-2 Detectachem” or “COVID Antigen Test”.
  • They are nasopharyngeal molecular diagnostic tests.

 

How will I get informed of my results?

  • Results will be available in the Vail Health Patient Portal within 24-48 hours if you are 18 years old or older. If you are under 18 years old, your results will be communicated via phone call. Please check the Vail Health Patient Portal frequently, as you will not receive an email notifying you of results. You should remain isolated while awaiting results.
  • The following terms may be used to notify you of positive versus negative results in the patient portal:
    • Positive: reactive, detected, abnormal, critical
    • Negative: non-reactive, not detected, normal, non-critical
  • All positive results are reported to Summit County Public Health. You will be getting a call from their team if you are positive. It is important that you speak with them. The information you provide will help keep our community thriving and healthy.

 

I need a copy of my test result; how do I request one?

  • You must sign a release of information (ROI). Please reach out to our Medical Records department at (970) 477-3093 or (970) 569-7403. This phone number  is for “test results” only, If you have any problems scheduling your COVID test please email us at covidtesting@vailhealth.org. This email is monitored and is the quickest way for you to get help with our scheduling website.
  • Please note Vail Health’s Privacy Policy and Patient Rights in both Spanish & English 
  • When notified of your test results, please request a copy at that time. 

     

What will this cost?

  • There will be no out of pocket fees associated with your COVID-19 test. 
     

I’ve completed my 14-day quarantine period – how do I know if it’s safe for me to be around others? 

  • Have you gone 24 hours without a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medication?
  • Are any other symptoms of COVID-19 improving? Note, the loss of taste/smell could take significantly longer to recover. 
  • After 14 days and if you no longer have a fever and your symptoms are improving, you may return to your regular activities. If you are still experiencing symptoms, then you may still be sick and your best course of action is to stay home and call Eagle County Public Health at (970) 328-8840 for guidance.      

 

Should I get retested after my 14-day quarantine to be sure it’s safe to return to work/school/life?

  • No. A retest at this time could produce inaccurate results and deplete the stock of tests available to our community. COVID-19 patients are discouraged from getting retested within 90 days of their first test and you may be refused a second test prior to 90 days dependent on availability of testing supplies and the amount of illness in our community.     

 

What do I do while I wait for my results? If I am positive? If I am negative?

  • Anyone who is tested must isolate until results are received. Do not go back to school or work.
    • If you have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or are under quarantine, a negative COVID-19 test does not eliminate the need for quarantine.
    • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, OR if you develop symptoms, follow these instructions:
      •  You should be in isolation (stay away from others) until:
        • You have had no fever for at least 24 hours (without using medicine that reduces fevers)
          AND
        • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
          AND
        • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared
      • If you tested positive and have no had symptoms, you should be in isolation for 10 days starting with the date of your positive test.
      • Refer to Summit County Public Health guidance for isolation and quarantine information.
      • If you have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or is under quarantine at the instruction of Summit County Public Health, a negative COVID-19 test does not eliminate the need for quarantine. Please refer to Summit County’s Public Health guidance on retesting, available on the Summit County Government Website.  
         

What should my family, friends, and close contacts do?

  • These people need to quarantine.
  • This separates people and restricts their movement if they were exposed to see if they become sick and prevent exposing others. People with COVID-19 can be contagious even without having symptoms.

    People who are not sick, but who may have been exposed to someone (in close contact with someone) who is sick. This could include members of your household, co-workers, or others you spend a great deal of time with (and are typically within six feet of for 15 minutes or more).
    • Stay at home or stay in your same location for 14 days after your last exposure so you don’t spread the disease to healthy people.
    • If you get sick get tested, and begin following the isolation directions (above).
    • If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you must complete a full 14 days of quarantine, regardless of test results. If you live with someone who has COVID-19 and are caring for them or continuing to have contact, quarantine as soon as you know you have been exposed. Your quarantine should continue for 14 days after the end of the infected person’s isolation period or 14 days after your last contact with the infected person.

 

Are there specific recommendations for family members in school?

  • Follow Summit County Public Health guidance.
  • Testing is recommended 24 hours after onset of symptoms in order to provide the most accurate result.