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Anaheim begins free coronavirus testing for Orange County residents at the Convention Center

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Anaheim begins free coronavirus testing for Orange County residents at the Convention Center

LA Times – July 16, 2020

After Irvine became the first Orange County city to offer a drive-through COVID-19 testing site on Monday, Anaheim opened another at the Anaheim Convention Center on Wednesday, in partnership with Garden Grove-based Clinic 360.

For patients with insurance, insurers will be billed with no out-of-pocket cost, and for those without insurance, federal funding will cover the cost of testing.

Testing will be offered Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only.

There will be a limited amount of tests available at first, as the clinic is starting with a smaller number of appointments this week, explained Mike Lyster, Anaheim city spokesperson. But the site will soon offer 600 to 800 tests a day with a goal of expanding to 1,200 a day within two weeks.

Testing will be contact-free and self-administered, and those being tested will remain in their vehicles with their windows up unless they are receiving or returning materials. The samples will be processed off-site.

The testing services are available for: those with symptoms; healthcare workers, first responders and other essential workers; residents and employees of skilled nursing and other group living facilities; and those who have had close contact (15 minutes or more, less than 6 feet) with someone known or suspected to have COVID-19.

The testing site is on the west side of Anaheim Convention Center, in a surface parking lot and parking structure off West Street south of Katella Avenue.

Read Full article, originally published byhttps://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/entertainment/story/2020-07-16/anaheim-begins-free-coronavirus-testing-for-orange-county-residents-at-the-convention-center