Arizona-based diagnostics lab Saguaro Bloom has opened its fourth Valley Shield laboratory in the state to offer affordable and accessible COVID-19 testing.
The testing facility in Avondale will provide free, high-quality rapid testing in addition to no-cost standard COVID-19 testing (RT-PCR) for individuals and families.
“Although we are more than 18 months into the pandemic, COVID-19 continues to cause tremendous strain within our community, directly impacting individuals and families across Arizona,” said Dr. Jesse Greer, founder of Saguaro Bloom.
“As infection rates remain high and new variants continue to emerge, effective and consistent testing is more important than ever. It is critical that Arizonans continue to have increased access to regular testing without undue financial burden. We are excited to open Valley Shield in Avondale to bring tests and best-in-class service to more families, businesses, and organizations as the pandemic continues to impact us all.”
In addition to the rapid antigen tests, Valley Shield offers no-cost PCR testing for those with or without insurance. Valley Shield uses RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) technology, considered the gold standard for COVID-19 testing (>97% sensitivity). All tests are run in-house, and RT-PCR results are available in 24 to 36 hours. Rapid test results are generally sent to customers in under an hour
Individuals can sign up for appointments by visiting the Valley Shield website, valleyshieldaz.com. The facility is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It has the capacity to process 2,000 COVID-19 tests per day, providing results in less than 36 hours.