LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- About 80 members from the Nevada National Guard are helping set up a COVID-19 testing site that will operate on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Orleans Hotel and Casino parking garage. 

The testing site is the first that the guard has coordinated with the Southern Nevada Health District. The guard will also operate a mobile testing site that will visit 11 locations in Douglas, Lyon and Storey Counties and in Carson City on Tuesday. 

“The initial goal is 300 tests per day at the location, with hopes of ramping up to 900 per day,” said Maj. Laurie MacAfee, Nevada Army National Guard Medical Detachment commander.

Nevada Guard personnel will provide medical personnel for testing and for traffic control at the Orleans site in Las Vegas.

Since mid-April, the Nevada National Guard has assisted at the drive-through testing sites at UNLV, and a drive-through location in Northern Nevada in coordination with the Washoe County Health District.

Testing at the Orleans will be conducted by University Medical Center, which will not accept walk-in patients. Testing appointments must be made on UMC's website. Clark County representatives advised to arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to appointment, as to avoid a backup of cars on site. 

Nevada Guard

Staff Sgt. Jennifer Nunes, a health care specialist assigned to the Northern Nevada Medical Detachment Nevada National Guard, checks the temperature of a Soldier at the front gate of the Office of the Adjutant General complex in Carson City, April 1, 2020. The Nevada National Guard started screening the Soldiers, Airmen, and civilians that continue to work despite the COVID-19 outbreak. (National Guard photo by Sgt. Walter H. Lowell)

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