/ Modified jul 10, 2020 1:41 p.m.

Slots for free Pima County COVID-19 testing rapidly filling up

The lab expects to conduct 1,000 tests per day.

If you want one of the free COVID-19 tests Pima County is giving, it's best to sign up early and be prepared to wait to be tested.

The county set up a web page to take reservations for the testing, which starts Monday. By midday Friday, all the Monday through Thursday slots were taken. While someone wishing to be tested doesn't need a referral from a doctor, they do need to make a reservation. No walk-ins will be accepted.

The county will use the gymnasium at Kino Events Center for the tests, so there is plenty of room for social distancing. Paradigm Labs, which is doing the tests, aims to do up to 1,000 each day.

The county says it will keep the test center open as long as it is needed to control the coronavirus pandemic.

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