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To protect our patients and staff, all people entering a BCH care facility will be required to wear a mask (exceptions include children <2 yrs. old or medical reasons such as trouble breathing, unconsciousness, or someone unable to remove a mask without assistance). *Bandanas, neck gaiters, and masks with valves are not acceptable.

COVID-19 Testing at BCH Labs

As of September 13, 2021, BCH is offering COVID-19 testing at all three BCH lab locations by appointment only. Turnaround time for testing is 48 hours. Testing is available by appointment during normal business hours at the following lab locations:

Foothills Hospital (4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder)
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat., 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sun., 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Community Medical Center (1000 W. South Boulder Rd., Lafayette)
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Erie Medical Center (101 Erie Parkway, Erie)
Phone: 303-415-5811
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sat: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Instructions for self-referral testing:

  • Please call 303-415-4285 to schedule an appointment and request a self-referral COVID test.
  • The laboratory will then work with you to get you on our testing schedule.
  • You will then be instructed to go to either Foothills, Erie or CMC lab during normal business hours.
  • You'll also be instructed to call the registration line (303-415-8190) when you arrive and inform that you are there for a community COVID collection.
  • You'll then be given instructions on getting the test.
  • Self-pay cost is $100.

We recommend that you contact your insurance provider ahead of time to discuss how they will process your COVID-19 swab test.

BCH Urgent Care Center COVID-19 Testing

Superior Urgent Care will be closed until further notice. Please contact Erie UC at 303-415-5810 or Gunbarrel UC at 303-415-5199. We apologize for the inconvenience.

All Urgent Care drive-up testing requires a video visit prior to testing for
symptomatic or close contact exposure.

  • BCH Urgent Care Centers are open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Please call one of our BCH Urgent Care locations in Erie (303-415-5810) or Gunbarrel (303-415-5199) to directly schedule a virtual visit
  • If the nurse practitioner recommends swab testing, patients can schedule a drive-up appointment

Types of Tests Offered at our Urgent Care Centers:

  • COVID/Flu Test
  • Swab Test (PCR)
  • Antibody Test

Who can be tested at our Urgent Care Centers:

  • Those who are symptomatic
  • Those who have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual

Please check-in by 6 p.m. to allow for enough time to proceed with a Video Visit and COVID/Flu PCR Test if indicated.

Patient charges will include an Urgent Care virtual visit charge in addition to any testing fees.

Note: Asymptomatic or traveling patients will be referred to the laboratory for testing and are responsible for the $100.00 self-pay fee.

Click here for additional information on BCH COVID testing, including Self-Referrals and types of tests

Click here for more information on COVID-19 testing at BCH.

Pricing

A COVID-19 swab test test performed at a BCH Urgent Care is part of an Urgent Care visit, and the charge is approximately $139.

We recommend that you contact your insurance provider ahead of time to discuss how they will process your COVID-19 swab test.

Options for COVID-19 Swab Testing (Physician and Self Referral)

COVID-19 swab testing is available with a physician's order or by self referral. It is important that you contact your insurance provider ahead of your test to discuss how they will process your COVID-19 swab test as it may vary for these two options.

Testing with a Physician's Order

Testing is recommended for:

  • Individuals currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, which include fever, new cough/shortness of breath, or two or more of the following: loss of taste/smell, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat.
  • Individuals that have had close contact with someone with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19, even if you don't have symptoms.

If you have a BCH physician, you can call that clinic to schedule a convenient virtual visit to assess whether a COVID-19 test is warranted. Your physician can order the test for you.

Individuals without a BCH physician can call their primary care physician or the BCH COVID-19 line at 303‑415‑8180 to be screened for testing. The BCH COVID-19 line is answered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Once an order is placed, patients will need to contact the lab at 303-415-4285 to to schedule the test.

Testing by Self-Referral:

If you are actively ill or have a confirmed exposure but do not have a physician's order, please do the following:

  • Contact the Laboratory Customer Service at 303-415-4285.
  • Inform the laboratory customer service that you would like to self-refer for a COVID-19 swab test.
  • Customer service will place your order in the system and get you scheduled
    for collection.
  • Results are made available via the MyBCH patient portal. You may make a payment online or wait for a statement in the mail.

Antibody Testing at BCH (Indication of Past Infection)

A blood test to indicate likely past infection is available with a physician's order or by self referral.

BCH's current in house antibody test (Ortho –Clinical Diagnostics) has sensitivity 83.3% and specificity 100%. NOTE: these tests are not FDA approved.

  • Antibody testing is not by appointment. Go to any BCH outpatient laboratory and request a COVID-19 antibody test.
  • You must not be sick and have no symptoms for at least 10 days prior to getting your blood drawn
  • Your specimen will be collected by lab and sent for testing.
  • Results will be available within 24 hours and can be viewed on the MyBCH patient portal.

Pricing

The charge for an antibody test at one of our BCH Lab locations is $80.​As a self-referral, insurance cannot be billed and payment is expected at time of service. It is important that you contact your insurance provider ahead of your test to discuss how they will process your test.

Convenient Locations, Full Range of Tests

Laboratory TeamThe Boulder Community Health Laboratory provides the highest quality services and patient care at convenient locations throughout Boulder County. Our experienced team—board-certified clinical and surgical pathologists, certified medical technologists, lab technicians and more—is dedicated to exceeding our patients’ expectations.

We perform a full range of standard laboratory tests. If you need a highly specialized test that we don’t perform, we will get your results through our partnership with Mayo Clinic’s reference laboratory.

Our Foothills Hospital-based lab is nationally certified as a highly complex laboratory and accredited by The Joint Commission.

Services Offered

At all BCH Laboratory locations, you can access blood-drawing (phlebotomy) and specimen collection services. Our team of pathologists reviews test results and reports to the ordering doctor.

Locations

We offer convenient service sites throughout Boulder County.

Foothills Hospital (4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder)
Phone: 303-415-4285 (press 5)
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat., 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sun., 7 a.m. – noon
Holidays: 7 a.m. – noon

Community Medical Center (1000 W. South Boulder Rd., Lafayette)
Phone: 303-415-4300
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Holidays: Closed

Drug Screens
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Holidays: Not available.

Erie Medical Center (101 Erie Parkway, Erie)
Phone: 303-415-5811
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sat: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Holidays: Closed

Important Information

Boulder Community Health is following current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that call for patients and visitors to continue wearing masks at Foothills Hospital and all BCH patient-care facilities.

People 5 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. For updated Vaccine Clinic hours and general vaccine info, please visit our vaccine page.