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 E. Williams is an award winning investigative reporter, editor and activist who has contributed to several Inland Empire publications. Williams spent more than thirty years as a middle-manager in the telecommunications industry before retiring to pursue her passion as a reporter and non-fiction writer. Beyond writing, Williams’ personal interests include stone-carving, drumming and sculpting.

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