For two days this week, The Orleans Hotel & Casino will be offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing by appointment only.
The property will be able to take 300 appointments on both days, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5 and 6. The drive-thru testing can be found on the resort’s first-floor parking garage off Cameron Street.
Appointment can be made between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and will be open to all comers.
The testing will be a three-step process that should take around ten minutes to complete.
Testers will first be greeted by members of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and National Guard troops to ensure that they have an appointment. Next, they’ll be given their information. Lastly, testers will drive to a station where a nurse and additional troops will be stationed to administer them a nasal swab test.
UMC Partners with Clark County
According to the press release that announced the drive-thru testing, University Medical Center (UMC) has partnered with Clark County to make the testing available to Nevada residents.
The cost of testing for those who don’t have insurance will be fully covered by federal funding from the CARES Act.
Individuals who have made an appointment to get tested will get tested while they’re in their cars, and results should be available within two days.
Expanded testing is a part of a larger effort to open the state back up and start rebuilding the local economy, say Clark County officials.
Commissioner Michael Naft said this in the press release:
“This is a critical step in ensuring that we are collecting as much data as possible so that we can do what we all want – to return to normal as soon as possible – in this environment…Our goal is to offer more locations in the near future where the public can be tested, including Laughlin.”
Testing in Clark County
Other locations in the Las Vegas valley have also been providing drive-thru testing and other forms of testing, like at-home testing.
This week, a Walmart location in North Las Vegas started providing drive-thru testing that will be available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. by appointment as well.
Testing will be on the Walmart parking lot at 1807 W. Craig Road. According to city officials, this is the first Walmart in the state to providing a COVID-19 testing site. Testing will be limited to only those individuals who are exhibiting coronavirus symptoms.
However, the parking lot testing will be open to all health care providers and first responders, outside of whether they’re exhibiting symptoms or not.
No out-of-pocket cost will be necessary to test, but individuals are asked to bring their insurance card and a valid ID. The test results should be delivered within two to three days of testing.
Cases in Clark County
According to Monday’s Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) report, there are 4,362 positive cases of coronavirus in Clark County, and 5,941 cases in Nevada altogether.
As you can see, Clark County makes up the bulk of cases. But as cases rise, so do the total number of people who are recovering from the virus.
In Clark County, 3,018 people have recovered from COVID-19.
Statewide, over 57,000 tests have been conducted. Of those tests, almost 40,000 people have tested negative from coronavirus.
While the Orleans has agreed to host two days of drive-thru testing at its property, there are plans to expand the number of days and weeks that testing will be available, so be sure to stay tuned for those dates.