SCV drive-up test site to open this week

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The Santa Clarita Valley is set to receive its first mobile test site this week, as Los Angeles County continues to ramp up coronavirus drive-up test sites countywide.

New locations are planned to open at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in L.A., as well as in East L.A.and Santa Clarita.

No information was readily available as to where the testing site will be located.

In order to ensure testing sites help those who need it the most, those with insurance should first contact their medical providers to request COVID-19 testing through their own networks, as many are also providing testing in a variety of locations throughout the county.

“We remain focused on testing only those in high-risk categories,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents the 5th District, which includes the Santa Clarita Valley, said in a Monday press conference. “This includes individuals with symptoms who are 65 and older, individuals with symptoms who have underlying, chronic conditions, or individuals who are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine due to confirmed COVID-19 exposure with more than seven days of quarantine remaining.”

The county is also in discussions with AltaMed to bring several urgent care facilities into the county’s testing network in underserved areas.

In order to serve areas where there are testing service gaps, the county is continuing to work towards building a network of testing sites that are free and open to any member of the public who qualifies for testing. No one will be turned away regardless of immigration status or lack of insurance coverage.

The first step to getting a test is visiting to determine if you are eligible and to register for an appointment. Those without access to a computer can dial 2-1-1 for help making an appointment.

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