Nevada seeks to test more children for COVID-19 as Orleans site moves to UNLV parking garage

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The COVID-19 drive-thru testing operation at The Orleans wrapped up Tuesday afternoon. The operation is moving to UNLV’s Tropicana Avenue parking garage as officials put an emphasis on testing everyone, including children.

The garage, next to the Thomas & Mack Center, will open testing to the public at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27.

Testing has expanded across the state in the last few weeks and there is now an emphasis to get more Nevadans tested.

The UNLV site will offer two new features to the public:

  • A walk-up testing area will be established to accommodate pedestrians and those who arrive by bicycle or motorcycle for a test. Drive-thru testing is only available to patients in enclosed vehicles.
  • Children of all ages can be tested at the UNLV Tropicana site with parental consent.

“We also want to start to emphasize pediatric testing more. That’s something UMC hasn’t done a lot of, and CPL has had the capacity to do that but haven’t done much of it … as we start to look forward to the next school year and what that’s going to look like,” Captain Brian O’Neal with Clark County Fire said. “We need to start collecting bigger data pools so that the decision makers that are out there can make better decisions.”

Clark County and UMC, who are operating the site in partnership with Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL), want more people to get tested whether in a car or not.

An example of drive-thru testing at UNLV’s Tropicana Avenue parking garage


The testing site will remain open to anyone, whether exhibiting symptoms of the virus or not, and there are no out-of-pocket costs.

Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. six days a week, Monday through Saturday.

Appointments are required and can be scheduled by visiting the COVID-19 Testing Center on the home page of UMC’s website at or by calling CPL at (702) 795-4932, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The type of testing available is polymerase chain reaction tests, better known as PCR tests, which show whether someone currently has COVID-19. 


Federal funding through the CARES Act will cover the costs of the tests for testing for those with no insurance. Patients who have insurance will be asked to provide the information for billing purposes, but will not have any co-pay.

Patients are asked to arrive about 15 minutes prior to their appointment time to get checked in and directed to a drive-up testing station. Medical professionals conduct the test as patients remain in their cars.


Results are typically available within 24 to 48 hours.

After scheduling an appointment with UMC, patients will receive information about how to access test results through UMConnect, UMC’s electronic medical record, through the MyChart app and website at

Patients who register for testing with Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL) can access their COVID-19 test results by visiting or texting “CPL” to 66349 to sign up for the CPL portal. 

All results, positive or negative, are reported to the Southern Nevada Health District. If patients test positive for the virus, they will be notified within a few days. Only positive patients will be notified. 

If patients do not receive notification of a positive test result, they can rest assured knowing that they tested negative. 

The Nevada National Guard, UNLV and University Police Services are assisting with testing at the site.

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