Saliva-based testing for the coronavirus will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16 at Alumni Hall at Parker High School. The testing is being conducted by the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute, in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Health Services and the La Paz County Health Department.

Jennifer Aspa of the County Health Department said these tests are more accurate than other tests, are easy to do, are less invasive, and provide a quicker turnaround time for results. This means they’ll be able to quickly identify who’s positive and that person can isolate himself or herself.

Registration is required for this testing. To register, go to:

At this site, sign up for an account and, under agency code, enter salivatest. Follow the prompts to complete registration. When registration is completed and an appointment time has been set up, a bar code will appear that you can either print out or make a screenshot of it. Bring that bar code with you to the testing site.

Participants in the testing should drink a bottle of water about 45 minutes before the test. They should not eat or drink anything (including water), smoke or use any tobacco products, vape or chew gum for 30 minutes before being tested.


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