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FARMINGTON — Free COVID-19 testing will take place this week across San Juan County including several testing sites on the Navajo Nation.

The New Mexico Department of Health hosts testing at Judy Nelson Elementary School at 40 County Road 6580 in Kirtland on June 29 and July 1, people are asked to arrive by 7 a.m.

There will be three testing session at San Juan College at 4601 College Blvd in Farmington.

Two sessions on June 30 ask people to arrive by 7 a.m. and a night session takes place between 6 to 7 p.m. A July 2 session asks people to arrive by 7 a.m.

A July 3 session at the San Juan County Public Health Office at 355 S. Miller Ave. will take place between 8 and 10 a.m.

Those seeking testing are asked to register at cvtestreg.nmhealth.org before arriving at the testing site.

People with questions about registration can call the county public health office at 505-327-4461.

There will be five testing sites on the Navajo Nation through July 14, operated by multiple health agencies.

Testing will occur at the following locations and dates:

  • June 30 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Newcomb Chapter house
  • July 2 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Red Valley Chapter house
  • July 7 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Four Corners Regional Health Center in Red Mesa, Arizona
  • July 9 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Beclabito Chapter house
  • July 14 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Shiprock Chapter house

Those seeking information can contact the Northern Navajo Medical Center Health Promotion Disease Prevention program at 505-368-6300.

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