Desert Sun: Targeted COVID-19 testing is needed in eastern Coachella Valley, Ruiz says

, Palm Springs Desert Sun

Published: 4:20 p.m. PT April 29, 2020

In the center of Coachella, two medical clinics sit side by side. One is for families, Clinica Medica Familia, and another is for industrial injuries, Superior Industrial Clinics.

Elva Trevino is a nurse manager on the industrial side. She typically sees workers local to the eastern Coachella Valley come in from the fields and packing or manufacturing plants with work-related injuries. A woman sat in the waiting room on Monday with large gash on her knee, bleeding through her jeans. Trevino is used to this.

She isn’t accustomed to navigating the health care system amid a global pandemic, and she is worried about providing care for COVID-19 to the residents that her clinic serves.

“There absolutely isn’t equal testing access across communities,” Trevino said. “I have tried to make testing appointments for my patients and couldn’t.”