Mayor Robert Garcia Announces Expanded Coronavirus Drive-Thru Testing for Long Beach

18 Apr

The mayor on Friday, April 17, announced by email that the city’s drive-thru testing for the coronavirus, as of Saturday, April 18, will more than triple to more than 500 tests daily.

The announcement pointed out besides the existing sites of Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus and St. Mary Medical Center, the testing sites of Jordan High School at 6500 Atlantic Ave., which has its entrance on Atlantic Avenue and of Cabrillo High School at 2001 Santa Fe Ave., which has its entrance on Santa Fe Avenue at W. Willard Street, are new; both sites will operate seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; while testing will be available at both sites by appointment only, either the same day or next day for symptomatic people, people older than 65 or have underlying chronic health conditions will have priority.

The announcement included that St. Mary Medical Center testing site at 1050 Linden Ave. expects to test about 200 people daily.  It will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The email also said the city is “not waiting around for more tests to arrive but … actively purchasing (its) own.”

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