County Paramedics and EMTs Begin Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– County residents have responded impressively to officials’ pleas to get tested for COVID-19, with more than 465,000 tests having already been conducted in December alone.

Demand for tests continues to be strong, with appointments consistently filling up two or three days in advance. In response, several of the County’s testing facilities are expanding hours until 8 p.m. to accommodate residents and are expected to maintain these extended hours through January 8. A list of testing sites and extended hours can be found here.

“We are proud of how County residents have responded to our requests to get testing,” said County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman, who noted that the County’ testing numbers have recently exceeded state requirements. “We are continuing to encourage everyone, including those without symptoms, to schedule an appointment to get tested.”

Hagman noted that while many of the County’s testing locations continue to accept walk-ins, those without appointments are typically having to wait up to 90 minutes or longer to actually receive a test.

“Getting tested is both painless and cost free,” said Hagman, “and for those with an appointment, it’s quick, easy and convenient. So please, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.”

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