As COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) continues to spread across the globe and country, several Arizona communities have set up drive-thru testing centers for the public. While still in their infancy, these mobile coronavirus test locations are very much needed to ease worries and concerns, to find treatment for those who feel ill, and to stop the virus from spreading.
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 — dry cough, fever and shortness of breath are most common — please contact your healthcare provider or doctor for further instructions. You may be asked to self-quarantine or visit one of these drive-thru testing tents in Arizona:
*List Last Updated: March 26, 2020*
Banner Health: Phoenix, Mesa & Tucson, AZ
Currently, Banner Health operates 4 coronavirus testing and specimen-collection sites in northwest Phoenix, southeast Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson. These sites are open from 7 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Thur) and 7 AM to 5 PM (Fri).
Anyone who suspects they’ve contracted COVID-19 must contact the Banner Health hotline directly at 1-844-549-1851 to be screened; wait times may be lengthy, so be prepared.
You do not need a standing doctor’s order to seek coronavirus testing through Banner Health. COVID-19 screenings are conducted over the phone to determine testing eligibility. Banner Health team members will assess each caller for symptoms and schedule drive-through appointments as appropriate. People arriving at these drive-through testing facilities without an appointment will be turned away.
Coronavirus testing may also be available in Banner Health’s Payson and Page, Arizona, clinics, and plans are in place to launch additional mobile COVID collection sites in the near future. More info can be found here.
Mayo Clinic – Scottsdale
Drive-up testing for COVID-19 is reportedly available for Mayo Clinic patients in Arizona. However, Mayo Clinic does not officially offer any information about these locations or services.
Hatfield Medical Group – Gilbert
Hatfield’s physician’s office in Gilbert is one of the country’s first private healthcare providers to offer mobile coronavirus testing for patients, especially those on Medicare and the elderly.
Appointments are necessary; patients can be screened for symptoms telephonically and request an appointment at that time. Contact the Gilbert office at (480) 444-2017 for details. A limited number of COVID test kits are available.
Maready Medical – Mesa
Another local physician’s office, Maready Medical, is also offering drive-thru coronavirus testing outside its Mesa facility.
New and existing patients must contact the office at (480) 626-2444 for a Telehealth assessment. If you meet the criteria for COVID-19 testing, you will be asked to drive to the mobile test location for care. Get more details here.
Coconino County Health & Human Services – Flagstaff
Flagstaff’s mobile COVID-19 testing and collection site, run by the Health & Human Services Department of Coconino County, is located at Coconino Community College on 4th St. Testing is conducted on weekdays between 10 AM and 3 PM.
Please contact the COVID-19 Call Center at (928) 679-7300 to make an appointment. Call Center hours are 8 AM to 9 PM (Mon-Fri) and 9 AM to 4 PM (Sat-Sun). More details can be found here.
About Your COVID-19 Drive-Thru Test: What to Expect
Although all medical facilities and testing sites operate differently, you can generally expect the following:
- Stay in your car
- Bring any doctor’s referral or confirmation number with you
- Anticipate long wait times in line
- Wait times may make kids antsy, so be sure to have a video loaded up on your Honda Odyssey’s rear entertainment system
- Tests will involve a nose swab and/or a throat swab
- The test itself is relatively painless but can be uncomfortable
- While you await test results, act as if you’ve tested positive — self-isolate and manage your illness at home, away from other members of the household
- If, at any time during your self-quarantine, your symptoms worsen, dial 911 for emergency care
- Test results may not be available for several days
- When results do come in, a medical professional will notify you and cover your next steps