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COVID-19 Testing Ramps Up in Region

05/04/20

Read the full article by José A. Álvarez in County News Center here.

More COVID-19 testing sites will open in San Diego County starting tomorrow to meet the needs of the community.

Two sites, managed by the state, will open in El Cajon and Chula Vista May 5. The state will also take over the testing site at the North Inland Live Well Center in Escondido so that the County can redirect its efforts to other vulnerable populations and communities.

The state’s three sites will offer about 800 testing appointments, Monday through Friday at the following locations:

Grossmont College
8800 Grossmont College Dr., El Cajon, CA 92020

Former Sears in Chula Vista
565 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910

North Inland Live Well Center in Escondido
649 W Mission Ave., Escondido, CA 92025

A doctor’s referral is not required for testing at the above sites, but appointments are required. Appointments can be made online at https://lhi.care/covidtesting, which is currently compatible with desktop computers and Android devices. Compatibility with Apple devices is coming soon. If you have no Internet access, call 888-634-1123, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The County will continue to offer appointment-only COVID-19 testing at the San Diego County Credit Union Stadium and the Live Well Center at Chula Vista.

The new Live Well Mobile Office, which began providing testing in Southeastern San Diego last Saturday, will continue to be deployed for testing throughout the region, as well as the County Library’s bookmobiles and other County vehicles. A doctor’s referral and an appointment through 2-1-1 are required for testing at County sites.

The County also plans to hire an additional 200 public health nurses to help support the area’s testing efforts.