By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Some big news this week is that the County has opened several stationary or “walk-up” testing sites, which are open Monday through Friday by appointment only. They are scheduled to run through June with appointment registrations opening weekly.
Locations and appointments can be found on our COVID-19 Community Testing webpage, and the sites are currently in Rialto, Rancho Cucamonga, Hesperia, Joshua Tree and Ontario. Five additional walk-up sites are going to be added (one for each supervisorial district), which will mean a total of 10 walk-up sites throughout the County.
Both diagnostic and serology antibody testing will be conducted at the walk-up locations. The benefits of a stationary site are:
- Continuity of service. When someone wants a test they will always know where to get one rather than having to wait until a drive-through event comes to their area.
- Operational efficiencies. This model requires less staff.
- Climate control for test samples and staff.
- Effective for serving priority populations such as first responders and healthcare workers.
These sites, along with our other testing strategies, is greatly increasing the amount of testing being done in our County, which will help us better track the infection in our communities. It will also provide the data we need to demonstrate that it is safe to keep our businesses open and hopefully, eventually relax the remaining restrictions.
For the stationary sites, everyone is required to wear a face covering to their appointments. Clients are to stay in their car, until staff comes out to escort them into the venue to conduct testing. Clients can now self-swab under the care of a nurse, in case clients need assistance. Self-swabbing is much easier and it is NOT the swab that goes all the way up your nose!
All our testing sites are free to all residents and you do not need to have symptoms to get tested. You may think there isn’t a need to get tested if you’re not feeling sick, but you might be asymptomatic. Even if you don’t have the virus, getting tested is important so that we have more data, which gives us a better picture of how the pandemic is truly affecting our county and possibly help us open up our county faster.