Auraria Campus Steps Up to Support the Expansion of COVID-19 Testing in Colorado

King Soopers in partnership with the Colorado State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is offering free COVID-19 drive-thru testing. The first testing in Colorado is scheduled for April 28-29 at the 5th Street Garage on the Auraria Campus. The Auraria Campus testing site is estimated to handle 250 vehicles per day. Testing services are provided at no-cost through various partnerships, including with the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServiceseTrueNorth, and Gravity Diagnostics.

“We’re proud to do our part to support the expansion of testing in Colorado by partnering with the state’s Unified Coordination Center and King Soopers' admirable efforts to make COVID-19 testing more accessible to Coloradans,” said Colleen Walker, Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) CEO. 

“King Soopers’ vision is to help people live healthier lives, and it has never been more important as we help to expand testing across Colorado,” said Steve Burnham, President of King Soopers. “This work, like all work we do, is guided by our values and our promise- to Feed the Human Spirit. We continue to make decisions that balance the safety of our associates with our commitments to our customers and communities. That is why King Soopers and Kroger Health will be donating all professional services at drive-thru testing facilities, these services include ordering and observing the COVID-19 tests.”


  • Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Auraria Campus Fifth Street Garage, 650 Walnut St.

How to Register for Testing

  • Coloradans can register at krogerhealth.com/covidtesting or call 1-888-852-2567 (select option 1, then option 3)
  • People seeking a test will then use a virtual screening tool based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to see if they are eligible
  • Those eligible will next select a testing location and appointment time
  • Registrants will receive an email confirmation with pre-appointment paperwork to complete

When You Arrive for Testing

  • When registrants arrive for testing:
    • Have a photo ID ready
    • Leave car window rolled up for check-in
    • Remain in your vehicle
    • Wait for a health care practitioner to come to your car and then roll down the car window
    • The health practitioner will give you a self-administered test kit
    • The test uses self-administered nasal swabs, which are less painful and designed to increase safety
    • Test results are expected within approximately 48 hours

Health Center at Auraria Continues to Offer COVID-19 Testing for Auraria Campus Students, Faculty, and Staff

The Health Center at Auraria continues to offer COVID-19 testing for Auraria Campus constituents. If a member of the Auraria Campus community is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please call The Health Center for a telephone assessment: 303.615.9999. The medical provider will determine whether or not a COVID-19 test is warranted based on current testing criteria. If the telephone assessment determines that you require testing, the Health Center will share available testing times.