Additional free COVID-19 testing available in Washoe County starting Jan. 5, 2022

by | Jan 5, 2022

Reno, Sparks Nev. Jan. 4, 2022. Additional free COVID-19 testing is available to all Washoe County residents at four locations starting Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022.

The testing locations, which are open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., are:

  • Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd, Reno
  • Eagle Canyon Park, 400 Eagle Canyon Drive, Spanish Springs
  • South Valleys Regional Park, 15650 Wedge Pkwy, Reno
  • North Valleys Regional Park, 8085 Silver Lake Rd, Reno

Appointments are not required for any sites. All residents are eligible to get a test. Registration can be done online to speed up your visit. To register, go here. Up to 1,600 people per day can get a test in Washoe County (400 at each location).

The testing will include both a rapid antigen test (results in 1 hour) and a confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test (results in 47-72 hours). Those who receive a positive test result will be notified via email and phone; if the test is negative, the results will be sent only by email.

The testing is being performed by North Shore Clinical Labs, which is also conducting testing for the Washoe County School District, with no announced end date.

With the spread of the Omicron variant and COVID-19 cases increasing in Washoe County, it’s recommended that you receive a COVID-19 test if you are showing signs of COVID-19 or were in close contact (6 feet or less for 15 minutes) to a positive case. There has been a 150 percent increase in COVID-19 cases since Dec. 26, 2021, according to the Washoe County COVID-19 dashboard.

You can also find additional testing at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center here or other locations here.

The COVID-19 vaccine remains the best way to protect you and your loved ones from severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 vaccine. Those aged 5 and older are eligible to receive the free vaccine. To get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, visit http://www.vaccines.gov. You can also find a community vaccine event here.

The COVID-19 Regional Information Center is working together to deliver COVID-19 community updates in a unified manner. While press releases are only sent periodically for significant events, you can always get daily results on our website, https://covid19washoe.com/, our COVID-19 Dashboard or by following us on Twitter @COVID19Washoe. The entities include: City of Reno, City of Sparks, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Regional Transportation Commission, REMSA, Reno Sparks Indian Colony, Reno Police Department, Reno Fire Department, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County, Washoe County Health District, Washoe County School District and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. Also in the group are Community Health Alliance and the area hospitals, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Renown Health and Saint Mary’s