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Eight new state testing sites open in Riverside County

Riverside County residents who want to be tested for coronavirus are now able to choose among eight new testing sites being offered by state health officials. The testing sites are spread throughout the county and are in addition to the four drive-up testing sites – Perris, Indio, Riverside, and Lake Elsinore – that are operated by Riverside County health officials.

The new sites are being operated by OptumServe, a firm hired by the state to conduct testing, and each location can process up to 132 people daily. The service is free.

Those wanting to be tested can be asymptomatic but must have an appointment. Appointments can be made online at https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123.

“One of our key initiatives is to test as many people as possible and these new sites, combined with the testing we have already been able to complete through our county-run locations, will provide a good measure of what is happening with the spread of coronavirus,” said Kim Saruwatari, director of Riverside University Health System – Public Health.

“Testing is a top priority of Riverside County and the State of California, and I am pleased with this incredible partnership with the state to expand testing,” said Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “I am particularly glad we will have testing sites in Desert Hot Springs and Mecca, two communities with high need and essential workers on the front lines. Testing is for everyone, regardless of immigration status, and it is free. I encourage everyone to make an appointment, get tested and help our county and state continue to make progress on this crucial aspect of our coronavirus efforts.”

The following testing locations are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • Mead Valley Community Center, 21091 Rider St., Perris
  • Moses Schaffer Community Center, 21565 Steele Peak, Perris
  • Jurupa Valley Fleet Center, 5293 Mission Blvd., Riverside
  • Nellie Weaver Hall, 3737 Crestview, Norco
  • Mecca Boys and Girls Club, 91391 66th Ave., Mecca

The following locations are open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • Lozano Community Center, 12-800 West Arroyo, Desert Hot Springs
  • Valle Vista Community Center, 43935 E. Acacia Ave., Hemet
  • Noble Creek Community Center, 390 W. Oak Valley Parkway, Beaumont

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