UNLV Medicine conducts 1,800 COVID-19 tests through limited curbside service

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The UNLV School of Medicine has conducted approximately 1,800 COVID-19 tests, according to spokesman Paul Joncich. Of these tests, 11% of patients displaying COVID-19 symptoms tested positive for the virus.

Joncich said this number is consistent with national statistics.

In March, the school’s call center has been inundated with 2 to 3,000 inquiries a day since curbside testing began.

Joncich reiterated testing is done by appointment only, and patients must call ahead before driving over. He suggests calling between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to get screened.

UNLV Medicine, the clinical arm of UNLV School of Medicine, started curbside testing on people to detect coronavirus on Tuesday, March 24.

The tests are limited and not open to everyone. They will be administered to people exhibiting certain upper respiratory symptoms or people who meet the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for COVID-19 testing. 

A spokesman earlier said UNLV secured about 1,400 nasal swab tests.

Anyone who’s exhibiting symptoms as defined by the CDC or who have been in direct contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should call (702) 583-4408 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for an appointment.

All callers will be asked a series of questions to determine if they meet the CDC criteria and will be screened again upon arrival. Nasal swab tests will be administered in the parking area outside UNLV Medicine, located at 1125 Shadow Lane in Las Vegas. 

Here’s how it will work:

Once patients arrive at their appointment time, they will be directed to a drive-up testing station where a medical professional will conduct the test with the patient remaining in the vehicle. The whole testing process takes no more than 4 minutes.

There will be no out-of-pocket cost to the patient, who should expect to receive test results in 5 to 7 days after it goes back to “clinical pathology laboratories” in Austin, Texas. The results of all tests, both positive and negative, will be reported to the Southern Nevada Health District.

UNLV Medicine anticipates providing curbside COVID-19 testing Monday through Friday for the next two weeks or until its current supply of test kits is depleted.

Again, tests will only be conducted by appointment and strictly limited to individuals who meet CDC guidelines for COVID-19 testing.


As of Tuesday, over 4,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Nevada. The number of private labs running tests is slowly growing, but the Southern Nevada Health District is currently out of tests and material to do the testing.

One woman 8 News Now spoke with said she and her husband have been waiting more than a week for test results.

“The sad part isn’t us waiting, or her waiting. The sad part is that nobody knows what the real results are now and because it’s moving so slow people are going to die from this, that’s the sad part,” Arthur McClenaghan said.

Gov. Sisolak said the state is not getting the resources it needs from the federal government and the state needs to find its own solution.

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