County urges more residents to get tested for COVID-19

Tulare County opens drive-thru testing
Testing at the Dinuba and Porterville sites is underway and ready to ramp up the numbers of those who are being tested.
Testing capacity for COVID-19 has increased in Tulare County and local officials urge residents who work in essential services, individuals who are returning to work in retail businesses, and anyone who believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19 to make an appointment to get tested.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, area hospitals, local health care providers, Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency, and the California Department of Public Health have increased testing efforts in Tulare County. Those interested in getting tested can visit here for a full list of COVID-19 test collection sites within the county and surrounding areas. The webpage also includes an interactive map to assist residents in finding their nearest testing site location.
“In an effort to increase testing surveillance in our local communities and to meet the statewide metrics for reopening, we encourage people who meet the new criteria to get tested for COVID-19,” said Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County Health Officer.
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OptumServe Community Testing Sites in Tulare County: 
—Dinuba Veterans Memorial Building, 249 S. Alta Ave. 
—Porterville Veterans Memorial Building, 1900 W. Olive Ave.  Both sites are testing by appointment only. Appointments can be made by phone at 1-888-634-1123 and online at (phone registration will only be used for people without internet access).
Public Health officials encourage those going to get tested for COVID19 to wear a face mask or facial covering for protection.
Recently, the California Department of Public Health expanded eligibility for COVID-19 testing. Anyone who meets the testing criteria can be tested at an OptumServe community testing site, including essential workers, surveillance testing of asymptomatic persons, uninsured, underinsured, undocumented, homeless, and those returning to work. If an individual has medical insurance, OptumServe will bill the patient’s medical insurance company. Uninsured individuals may also use the community test site, and their tests will be paid for by the state.
By expanding local COVID-19 testing efforts, local public health officials are provided with increased data and community surveillance information to better determine if it is safe for Tulare County to reopen and meet the COVID-19 testing volume metrics outlined by the State of California. 
Click here for daily updates on the COVID-19 trends.

3 thoughts on “County urges more residents to get tested for COVID-19

  • May 15, 2020 at 9:43 am

    Their web pages state you must be referred by your doctor prior to making an appointment for a test.

  • May 16, 2020 at 8:31 am

    I have noticed more folks NOT wearing face coverings than not when shopping in Three Rivers. The folks who work in our town stuck in buildings to serve us our needs, do so at great risk that you and I the shoppers are carriers of Covid-19. Also, 8-9 am at Village Market is for elders who are at risk of more severe illness even death if they get Covid. Why would you at least not go uncovered during that hour? Thinking about the safety of the community over self is needed right now. Yours with love, Wishes for the health and safety for all,
    Shirley Keller


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