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Posted on: May 5, 2020

El Dorado County provides COVID-19 testing by appointment for all residents

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Placerville, CA – El Dorado County officials announced they will open two appointment-only community sites for COVID-19 testing for any resident wanting to be tested for the virus. The openings follow Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement to add more than 80 community COVID-19 testing sites across the state focused on underserved communities.

“These are not antibody tests to detect whether someone has any level of immunity against COVID-19,” said El Dorado County Public Health Officer, Dr. Nancy Williams. “These are nasal or nasopharyngeal swab tests that will determine if someone has the presence of the COVID-19 virus at the time of testing. We’re making the test available to anyone in the County who wishes to have it, free of charge, even if they are asymptomatic,” Williams said, “although people with symptoms are the highest priority.”

Each site will provide testing of up to 132 tests a day for anyone who has made an appointment. Sites are scheduled to be operational for a minimum of two months.

“There is absolutely no barrier to being tested,” Williams stressed, noting that “citizen status will not be checked, cost is covered either by your medical insurance or by the State if you are uninsured, and if someone is without identification, testing staff will generate a unique identifier number to obtain results. The only requirement is an appointment,” she added.

To register for an appointment, people can visit https://lhi.care/covidtesting. Those without internet access can call 888-634-1123.

Test results are expected to take 48-72 hours. All test results will be entered into the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE) site. Patients will receive a card at the time of testing directing them to a site for test results. Patients who test positively will be contacted by telephone by a nurse.

“If you’re curious as to whether an illness you had this winter was COVID-19, this is not the test for you,” Williams stressed.