Banner Health opens new COVID-19 testing site at Arizona State Fairgrounds
PHOENIX - Banner Health announced on April 27 that they are opening a new coronavirus testing site at the Arizona State Fairgrounds and are expanding their current capacity from 4,000 appointments a week to 13,500.
The new collection site would be Banner's largest testing area and will accomodate people without vehicles.
In a statement, Banner said they are also adding lanes to their current existing sites and opening up two other locations in Fort Collins, Colorado and Greeley, Colorado.
Walk-ins are not accepted; anyone interested in being tested can call Banner Health at 1-844-549-1851 to be screened and scheduled for an appointment.
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Banner warns that anyone who does not have an appointment will be asked to leave in order to conduct a phone screening first.
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