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CMU’s COVID-19 Testing Site Remains Open to Serve the Community

CMU continues its strong, community-focused partnership with Mesa County Public Health offering the only local drive-through COVID-19 testing site. The facility located on campus was built during CMU’s Early Pandemic Response: Safe Together, Strong Together Plan. The CMU site will remain open as a community service despite the university’s declining need for a campus-specific testing location.

 "CMU built a nationally celebrated response infrastructure during the pandemic that will continue serving the larger community so long as there is a need," said CMU President John Marshall. "Sustaining the campus testing site demonstrates CMU partnerships are enduring, and our investments serve the community well beyond campus and the classroom."

 CMU has worked closely with Mesa County Public Health for the duration of the pandemic, to not only to ensure a safe and sustainable return to in person learning for students, but also to pool resources and efficiently serve the testing and vaccine needs of the community as a whole. CMU and MCPH are proud to announce their joint partnership with Mako Medical, who began serving as testing facilitators on July 1.

 All Grand Valley community members and visitors are welcome to utilize this pandemic partnership service. Nasal swab PCR tests will be administered by onsite staff, and results are available within 48 hours. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday from 8am - 4pm, and Saturday from 8am - 12pm. The testing site is located just north of Bunting Hall and is accessible from North Avenue and Cannell Avenue or 7th Street and Bunting Avenue.

 Offering a variety of testing options is the best way to ensure convenient access and quick test results to protect against the spread of the virus. COVID-19 testing remains important if symptoms are present, at least five days after known or suspected close contact to COVID-19, and before and after travel. Community members can call Mesa County Public Health at 970.248.6900 if they need help accessing results or have other questions.

In addition to CMU’s drive-through site, rapid home and PCR tests are available throughout the community.

Free Rapid Testing Kits

  • Pick up test kits are available during regular business hours at the MCPH Health and Human Services Building, located at 510 29 1/2 Road. Quantities may be limited based on supply.
  • Direct mail tests can be ordered on the federal COVID-19 website. (Spanish)
  • A positive test will result in a call or text message from Mesa County Public Health to communicate information about what to do next and how long to isolate from others.

 In-Person PCR Testing

  •  Local Pharmacies (City Market, Safeway, Walgreens, Sam's Club, Walmart, Target)
  •  Urgent Care (Cedar Point Health, American Family Care Urgent Care, Docs-On-Call)
  •  Primary Care Clinics (Call your primary care clinic and ask if they provide PCR testing.)

Drive-Through Nasal PCR Testing at CMU

  • No appointment required.
  • Pre-registry available at:
  • Nasal Swab PCR Administered by onsite staff.
  • Test Results within 48 Hours
  • Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm, Saturday from 8am-12pm
  • Located north of Bunting Hall, accessible from North Avenue and Cannell Avenue or 7th Street and Bunting Avenue.


CMU is proud to aid in the ongoing COVID-19 community response effort and will continue to go above and beyond to protect the Mavily and the larger community.


Written by Hannah Odneal