LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A busy COVID-19 drive-thru testing site will close temporarily and move locations to accommodate an increased demand for tests.
Clark County officials announced that the current testing site at UNLV's Paradise campus will close Thursday, Jan. 6. It will reopen on Sunday, Jan. 9 in the parking lot of Sam Boyd Stadium in the southeast valley.
The Sam Boyd test site will be open weekly, Sunday through Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The site will be operated by Clark County, Nevada National Guard, the Southern Nevada Health District and other partners, county officials said.
Since December 26 the area surrounding the UNLV site has seen major traffic congestion because of long lines. The county hopes the new larger site at Sam Boyd will alleviate that issue.
"We're here to serve the community, but be patient with us we're playing catch up again for a rise in demand we never would have expected," Deputy Fire Chief Billy Samuels said.
The new site will have estimates capacity for 1,200 tests and 300 COVID-19 vaccines nightly on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on supplies and staffing.
"There's sites across the valley, but to get an appointment is still tough so if we can try to meet that demand with a larger site hopefully we can curb some of that," Samuels said.
While no appointments are available for the drive thru site for testing or vaccinations, those getting tested are encouraged to set up an account with Color, the lab provided testing services at Sam Boyd. You can register for Color online.
Officials said results take about 72 hours to process. For test result inquiries, contact Color at 844-531-0545 or by email at email@example.com.
The site will offer the Pfizer vaccine for people 12 years and older and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for those 18 years and older. No pediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available at the site.