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Posted on: July 14, 2020

Tracking coronavirus: Public testing starts Wednesday at Anaheim Convention Center

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 14, 2020) — Anaheim residents and those across Orange County will have access to drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the Anaheim Convention Center starting Wednesday, July 15.

Testing will be offered Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only for those experiencing symptoms, essential workers or those who have had exposure risk.

“As Orange County’s largest city, Anaheim is meeting the challenge of coronavirus,” Mayor Harry Sidhu said. “No other Orange County city has the spaces and skills to make this happen on this scale. Anaheim is proud to do our part to address rising cases in our city and across the county.”

Testing will be contact-free and be self-administered inside in vehicles. Appointments can be made online or by phone, with medical assessments done by doctors and nurses.

For those with insurance, insurers will be billed with no out-of-pocket cost for those being tested. For those without insurance, federal funding will cover the cost of testing.

Testing is available for:

  • People with symptoms
  • Healthcare workers and first responders
  • Residents and employees of skilled nursing and other group living facilities
  • Essential workers: grocery, food supply, utility and public employees
  • Those who have had close contact (15 minutes or more within 6 feet) to someone known or suspected to have COVID-19

The testing site is on the west side of Anaheim Convention Center, in a surface parking lot and parking structure off West Street south of Katella Avenue.

The site is expected to offer 600 to 800 tests a day with a goal of expanding to 1,200 a day within two weeks.

Those with appointments will enter from West Street south of Katella. They will remain in their vehicles throughout the entire process, with windows rolled up except when receiving and returning testing materials.

While testing appointments will be spread out throughout the day, patients should expect some wait time as vehicles make their way through the testing site.

Residents in the area will see additional traffic on West Street but no added public health risk.

Those being tested will not be out in the open, and staff will be wearing protective medical gear. Tests will be processed offsite.

There will be traffic impacts on West Street. Residents and commuters are advised to avoid or limit travel on West Street from Katella Avenue to Orangewood Avenue for their own convenience.

The testing site is part of Anaheim’s ongoing efforts to address the coronavirus crisis, in partnership with the county of Orange. The operator is Garden Grove-based Clinic 360.

The county of Orange is paying for the testing with federal coronavirus aid funds, and Anaheim is providing the location at no charge, along with logistical and traffic support.

Testing has been widely available in Anaheim in the past three months, and this new site will substantially increase access to testing for thousands.

The expanded testing comes as Anaheim and all of Orange County see an increase in cases and as many have returned to work with a gradual reopening.

To make an appointment please visit OCcovid19.ochealthinfo.com/supersite. For questions, call (800) 446-8888.

For more on Anaheim’s response to the coronavirus crisis, visit Anaheim.net/coronavirus.

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