Expanding barrier-free access to COVID-19 testing

CML Newsletter
October 23, 2020

By Beauclarine Thomas, CML legislative and policy advocate

Expanding barrier-free access to COVID-19 testing
Currently, Colorado is experiencing an increase in positive COVID-19 cases. To ensure that all municipalities have the resources they need, CML has been working with county and state public health leaders to provide support to municipalities interested in expanding their COVID-19 testing infrastructure. To increase testing capacity, CML urges municipal leaders to work through their county public health department to address the availability of community testing sites and testing resources. Additionally, in conversations with the state public health department, CDPHE, CML has learned that the state will be providing additional curative tests to counties based on population percentages, implementing kiosk-based testing, and expanding second courier testing relationships. CDPHE also stressed that they are willing to assist counties with fleshing out plans to expand barrier-free testing. Please work through your county public health department if you would like to expand access to testing in your municipality. As cases increase, it is pertinent that municipal leaders have the support and resources to meet the needs of their residents.
A searchable map that provides a list of community testing centers statewide can be found at bit.ly/2HgifQU. This map can be customized by typing in your municipality. Additionally, Coronavirus Relief Funds, also known as CARES or CRF, can be used to address local testing needs. These funds can be utilized until Dec. 21. Please contact Kevin Bommer at kbommer@cml.org or Meghan Dollar at mdollar@cml.org if you have any questions on these funds.