Above: Dr. Charity Dean, Assistant Director of the California Department of Public Health

S.E. Williams | Contributor

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has launched an interactive website to help residents across the state find COVID-19 community testing sites near them.

The new site allows Californians to search for testing sites by current location, address, city, or zip code. Individuals can also schedule appointments for testing via the site.

The website features an interactive map of test site locations, including those operated by Verily and OptumServe, which are open to Californians who meet current testing guidelines.

The guidelines include:

  • Hospitalized patients
  • Symptomatic and asymptomatic healthcare workers, first responders, and other social service   employees
  • Symptomatic and asymptomatic persons 65 years of age or older, with chronic medical conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 (i.e. heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, HIV, etc.)
  • Persons identified for testing by public health contact investigations and disease control activities in high risk settings
  • Screening of asymptomatic residents or employees of nursing homes and other congregate living facilities, including after a positive case has been identified in a facility or prior to resident admission or readmission
  • Symptomatic and asymptomatic persons in essential occupations like utility workers, grocery store workers food supply workers, and other public employees

“As testing continues to ramp up at a rapid pace across the state, we want to make sure Californians know how to schedule an appointment, which can easily be done online for many locations,” said Dr. Charity Dean, Assistant Director of the California Department of Public Health and co-chair of the California COVID-19 Testing Task Force. “With the launch of new community testing sites and significantly expanded testing criteria, more Californians will be tested – and in locations much closer to their homes.”

Testing is free for all individuals, including those who are uninsured or undocumented. Individual testing results are confidential.

S.E. Williams

Stephanie Williams is executive editor of the IE Voice and Black Voice News. A longtime champion for civil rights and social justice in all its forms, she is also an advocate for government transparency and committed to ferreting out and exposing government corruption. Over the years Stephanie has reported for other publications in the inland region and Los Angeles and received awards from the California News Publishers Association for her investigative reporting and Ethnic Media Services for her weekly column, Keeping it Real. She also served as a Health Journalism Fellow with the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. Contact Stephanie with tips, comments. or concerns at myopinion@ievoice.com.