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Vehicles line up as a healthcare workers help check people in as they are being tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020.

Colorado launched its first two COVID-19 testing kiosks, a state news release announced. One will be in Greeley at the University of Northern Colorado, and the second, at Denver International Airport, will be available for employees only. 

The kiosk is to make COVID-19 testing faster, easier and more accessible, the release said.

“Colorado has ramped up our testing capacity and supply procurement throughout this pandemic," Gov. Jared Polis said in the release. "We are acting swiftly and strategically when it comes to testing and these new kiosks will help us get more people tested in our communities.”

The kiosks are a partnership between the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the company Curative to provide free tests to students and staff at Greeley's campus, the release noted. But all Coloradans can also use the kiosk by either walking up or signing up ahead of time at cur.tv/unc.

The tests given at the kiosk are self-administered swab kits where a patient coughs, swabs the inside of their cheek and the roof of their mouth, puts the swab in a sealed container and returns it to the medical professional to be tested at a lab. Those who use the kiosk testing site can expect test results within 48 hours through text or email, the release said.

Pop-up community testing events and mobile test sites are also spread throughout Colorado to help with testing efforts along with 50 free community testing sites across the state as well as dozens of private provider locations.

The new kiosk comes as Colorado COVID-19 cases pass 130,000, state data shows.

The UNC testing site at Nottingham Field will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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