April 3, 2020

USA: 3 Drive-Up Testing Sites In Pomona, Redondo Beach, Palmdale For Coronavirus Are Opening Today In Los Angeles County. Look Up Coronavirus Drive-Through Testing Locations By State.

COVID-19: Keeping Los Angeles Safe

NBC4 News, Los Angeles local
written by Jonathan Lloyd
Friday April 3, 2020

Three more drive-up testing sites for the new coronavirus are opening Friday in Los Angeles County with plans underway for at least three additional locations.

Sites opening Friday are in Pomona, Redondo Beach and Palmdale. The three other sites in the planning stages are expected to be located in Northridge, Long Beach, Lancaster and Pasadena.

Testing sites in Lancaster and Glendale are already operating.

Here’s what to know about the locations opening Friday and how to get a test.

  • Pomona Fairplex at Gate 17, W. McKinley/Fairplex Drive
  • South Bay Galleria at 1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach
  • Antelope Valley Mall at 1233 Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale
Who Can Get a Test?

The county's COVID-19 testing is limited to the most vulnerable residents -- those who are age 65 and older and/or have underlying health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, chronic lung disease, or moderate to severe asthma.

Testing is also limited to those who are immunocompromised, including as a result of cancer treatment, and/or have been subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period because they have been exposed to an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and have more than seven days of the two-week quarantine period remaining.
How Do I Get Tested?

Testing is by appointment only. Walk-up appointments are not available. Anyone interested in getting tested must first register on the screening website. This first step determines if people are eligible to be tested.

At the website, individuals are asked to answer basic questions, including name, date of birth, address and whether they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.

The website -- in real time -- determines and confirms an individual's testing eligibility. Those who receive confirmation of testing eligibility will then be given a selection of testing sites, and available appointment times to complete the test registration process.

The registration number will be required at the testing site. All of the testing locations are drive-up and clients stay in their vehicles for tests -- though pedestrian clients with appointments can be tested, as well.

What Happens During the Test?

The test is a self-administered oral swab, meaning people must swab their own mouths/throats using instructions provided to them at the site. The testing process takes between 5 and 10 minutes, however waiting times may vary. More information and frequently asked questions are available here.

"The goal is to increase testing capacity as quickly as possible in Los Angeles County to meet the community's needs, which are growing every day," said Dr. Clayton Kazan, medical director of the L.A. County Fire Department, who is leading the countywide coordination of COVID-19 testing.
Tom's Guide
written by Kate Kozuch
Friday April 3, 2020

Coronavirus drive-through testing locations are popping up around US as COVID-19 continues to spread. These temporary screening centers help prevent healthcare centers from overcrowding, making it less likely infected individuals will put the greater population at risk.

The coronavirus drive-through testing centers swab for COVID-19, which has infected over 250,000 people around the country. In less than 10 minutes at a coronavirus drive-through testing lab, any suspected COVID-19 patient is tested from their car.

You might be wondering where you can go get tested for COVID-19 right now. If you're experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has the virus, coronavirus drive-through testing could be an option.

You can't just drive up to a testing center like it's a fast food joint, though. You'll be required to make an appointment and get a referral from your doctor. Some locations are even remaining private to support social distancing.

We'll update this story as more locations become available. Check back for the latest coronavirus drive-though testing information.

Coronavirus drive-through testing locations by state (CLICK HERE for state link)
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington
How does coronavirus drive-through testing work?

Coronavirus drive-through testing requires a referral from a doctor and scheduled appointment with the facility.

Patients drive up designated lanes in their cars, and medical personnel in protective gear will come to your car window to administer a 10-minute swab test. After the test is complete, the collected swabs will be sent out for testing and you'll be notified of your results via text in less than 24 hours.

In that waiting period, you'll be encouraged to self-quarantine. And if your test comes back positive, you'll receive treatment instructions and directions on containment.

Now that you know what to expect, here's where coronavirus drive-through testing is offered right now in every state. Check your area's Department of Health coronavirus updates for the most accurate coronavirus drive-through testing information.

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UPDATE 4/4/20 at 6:09pm: Added info below.

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