Public Health

Public Health's goal is to protect, promote, and improve the health, environment, and quality of life to the residents of Elbert County. The primary purpose of public health is to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy.

Most of the work of public health agencies is population based; that is, it focuses on improving the health of the entire community.

Public Health Services are available to the entire community and are partly funded by tax dollars. Elbert County Public Health is devoted to preventative services and education. We are unable to offer emergency or sick care.

COVID-19 update 


PCR testing will be available every Thursday, at the Elbert County Fairgrounds from 10am-3pm. No appointment required, but pre-registration is highly recommended. Register for your test here! State of Colorado Residents - No Cost for Covid-19 testing ( 


Elbert County Public Health is now offering free BinaxNOW COVID-19 antigen testing for the public. This test has received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for rapid results without the need to ship samples to a lab or for a prescription from a healthcare provider. The test can be performed on children as young as 2 years old. Test results are available in approximately 15 minutes. BinaxNOW is capable of detecting multiple COVID-19 strains, including the Delta variant. Frequent testing (known as serial testing) may detect COVID-19 more quickly and reduce the spread of infection. This resource may be a convenient option for workers with heightened exposure, including healthcare personnel, educators, people that work in frontline service industry roles, and others. **Please note this test an antigen test, not a PCR rapid test. This test MAY not be a valid testing option for return to work/school or travel.

To schedule an appointment for testing, please visit

**If there are no appointment slots available, you may visit the department between the hours of 8:00am-10:00am OR 2:00pm-4:00pm for drive-up testing**

Tests will be administered at the Health Department, located at 75 Ute Avenue in Kiowa (on the Elbert County Fairgrounds). Upon arrival, please remain in your vehicle and call (303) 621-3170 to let us know you are here. A nurse will come out to your vehicle and administer the test. 


Individuals seeking Septic Permits and Inspections, or Vital Records, should call 303-621-3144.

Important Public Health Services News

Elbert County has contracted with Tri-County Public Health to assist in provision of services. As we progress in our services plan we will post more details to this website. In the meantime please contact the Health and Environmental Services Department directly with any questions at 303-621-3144.