STATE OPERATED COVID-19 COMMUNITY TESTING BEGINS IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – The County of Santa Barbara is working with the State of California to increase testing for COVID-19 through Community-Based Testing Sites.

Beginning May 1, 2020, residents of Santa Barbara County can make appointments to be screened, and subsequently tested at COVID-19 Community Based Testing Sites. These testing sites will be operated by Optum Serve, a contractor of the State of California.

The initial testing site will be established and operated at the Santa Maria Fairpark, located at 937 Thornburg Street, Santa Maria, CA, 93458 beginning on May 5, 2020 with locations in Lompoc, and Santa Barbara opening later that week. Testing sites will be operational 5 days per week, and days and times will be adjusted based on community need. Testing will be by appointment only.

All are eligible to screened, however, individuals who meet the following conditions will be prioritized:

  • Healthcare Workers and First Responders
  • Persons 65 years and older or any age with chronic medical conditions
  • Residents or employees of congregate care living facilities
  • Persons in essential occupations which include utilities, grocery, food supply, and public employees
  • Any persons exhibiting one or more symptoms of COVID-19

These testing sites will help Santa Barbara County dramatically increase testing needs for individuals who have limited access to COVID-19 tests until now. Tests will be conducted to verify the presence of COVID-19 and are not antibody tests to detect whether or not a person has ever been infected. There will be no out-of-pocket expense or co-pay, and insurers of those who have coverage will be billed. Appointments will be completed at an indoor facility, and will require residents to exit their vehicle.

Screening and appointments can be made between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. by visiting https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123 for those with no internet access.

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