Desert Sun: Coronavirus update: All Riverside County residents can now get tested

By: , Palm Springs Desert Sun

Published 2:03 p.m. PT April 17, 2020

Riverside County residents who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 are now eligible for testing.

The modification in testing guidelines, announced Friday, will allow anyone to find out whether they have the illness. Officials have said expanded testing, for those with and without symptoms, will give experts a better idea of the extent of the illness in the county.

“We’re testing people already when they’re sick, but we need to understand how COVID-19 is affecting people who may generally feel well, including kids,” Dr. Cameron Kaiser, county public health officer, said in a statement. “That’s going to be a key indicator for understanding how it spreads and knowing where our areas of concern are when we think about if and how much to open things again.”

About 30,000 tests have been administered so far at the county’s four community test sites, as well as clinics, hospitals and other locations, according to county officials.

County officials also announced Friday the opening of a fifth community testing site — this one at the Blythe Fairgrounds, located at 591 N. Olive Lake Blvd. It will open next Wednesday (April 22) and operate for four days.

“I want to thank Riverside County Public Health for bringing this much-needed resource to the Blythe area, and also thank Palo Verde Hospital which has been providing testing,” county Supervisor V. Manuel Perez said in a statement. “Testing, especially with the expanded criteria, will give us a better picture of the situation.”