COVID-19 testing expands in east Las Vegas valley, targeting high concentration areas

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — People started lining at 5 a.m. Thursday at a pop-up site in east Las Vegas to get tested for COVID-19.

Well, I was starting to feel little symptoms, you know, I was like, being feeling like a little bit rundown,” said Diana Moreno-Rakes, who was waiting for a test.

This is part of a larger effort to expand testing in communities of color facing a disproportionate impact, specifically the Hispanic community. This pop-up testing site is situated in the 89121 zip code, identified as one of five valley zip codes with the highest concentration of coronavirus cases.

You could be walking around and be a carrier,” said James Edwards, another resident waiting for testing. “If you’re gone, your family, I have young daughters. As soon as I heard it on your newscast, it’s like break your neck to get down here.”

According to the Southern Nevada Health District’s zip code map, there are at least four areas on the east side of the Las Vegas valley that are showing higher rates of coronavirus.

“The infection rate is twice as likely in our Hispanic community so we are seeing them hit pretty hard,” said Sarah Lugo, Southern Nevada Health District.

The pop-up site is at Jerome Mack Middle School, located at 4250 E. Karen Avenue off Lamb Boulevard and begins testing at 8 a.m. The tests are self-administered and no appointment is necessary. They plan to do 400 tests and will also be open on Friday.

The site will test anyone from babies to adults. Results should be available in seven days.

In addition to testing at Mack Middle School, neighborhood testing events also are being offered at three senior center locations this week and next. The senior center sites will have 200 self-administered nasal swab tests available at each testing location on each date on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at 8 a.m.  No appointments are needed. The schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesdays Aug. 18 – Cora Coleman Senior Center, 2100 Bonnie Lane, 89156, near East Lake Mead Boulevard and Sloan
  • Wednesdays Aug 19 – Parkdale Senior Center, 3200 Ferndale St., 89121, near Desert Inn Road and Lamb Boulevard
  • Thursdays Aug. 13, Aug. 20 – Whitney Senior Center, 5712 Missouri Ave., 89122, near Boulder Highway and Tropicana Avenue

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