The COVID-19 numbers in Colorado are rising but there's some help on the way.

The Greeley Tribune reports that Colorado is set to receive 1.7 million rapid COVID-19 tests to help with screening in the state.

According to a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 25,000 tests have gone to screen firefighters and people forced to flee their homes because of the recent wildfires, and 18,000 went to groups serving people experiencing homelessness and the Colorado Department of Human Services’ youth detention and treatment facilities.

The remaining new tests will be going to local health departments, which, in turn, will be using them to screen first responders and possibly students and staff throughout various Colorado schools.

The good news is results from these rapid tests can come in as little as 15 minutes, but the bad news is that they tend to produce more false positives and negatives than the tests where a probe goes up your nose and scrapes your brain (and yes, I know what it feels like because I had one).

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