Younger People Encouraged to Get Tested for Coronavirus

Younger People Encouraged to Get Tested for Coronavirus

Saida Maalin|Contributor

Riverside County Public Health officials warn it may be younger age groups who are objecting to getting tested for the novel coronavirus.

According to public health officials nearly 90,000 county residents have already tested for COVID-19.

According to county health officials, adults are doing their part in comparison to young adults and teens ages 25 years and under.

“We would like to get a more complete picture of the illness as it has spread among young people,” said Kim Saruwatari, Director of Public Health for Riverside County.

Saruwatari believes this will allow the county to understand the way the virus is affecting all age groups.

A report by the county health department indicates those 18 and younger make up 25 percent of the County’s population; yet, to date only 6.6 percent in this age group have tested for COVID-19.

“This will help us better understand who in the community has the disease and how it might be moving among children and families,” Saruwatari said.

The county has opened up eight new drive-up testing sites including the previous four locations in Perris, Riverside, Lake Elsinore and Indio.

Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez stressed the importance of everyone getting tested in the state of California.

“Testing is for everyone, regardless of immigration status or insurance, and it is free,” said Perez.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, accurate data needs to be gathered. Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the free screening at either a state or county operated facility. .

Confirmed cases and data gathered based on community boundaries are updated daily. To stay up to date visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus.

To schedule an appointment at one of the drive-up locations call (800) 945-6171. 

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