A drive-through COVID-19 test site with a capacity of nearly 2,000 people per day will open in Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KABC) – A new COVID-19 testing site in Santa Monica with an initial capacity to test up to 1,920 people daily opened Saturday morning as Los Angeles County increased with a record number of COVID-19 cases has to fight.

The drive-thru location is in the parking lot of the former Sears building on Colorado Ave. 302 near Fourth Street and open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“In response to the overwhelming demand for testing, 911 COVID Testing is increasing its capacity and opening a new mega-location in Santa Monica. Ultimately, we want to meet the extremely high demand for testing from Omicron, ”said Steve Farzam, chief operating officer of 911 COVID Testing, which operates the site.

People can get a free PCR test with a turnaround time of 24-48 hours, or pay $ 95 for a 15-minute rapid antigen test, or $ 155 for a 12-hour priority PCR test. Farzam added that most insurance companies reimburse customers for rapid antigen tests.

Los Angeles County reported a staggering 43,712 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, by far the highest number in a single day during the entire pandemic, while hospital admissions also continued to rise, albeit well below the peak of the infection spike last winter.

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The daily number of new cases broke a record the county set the previous day when 37,215 cases were reported.

“The urgency of the situation has led us to open a brand new testing facility to provide critical testing services to residents in West LA, Marina Del Rey, Venice, Malibu and the nearby beach communities. We are also working tirelessly to meet the testing needs. ”Of our emergency responders to minimally disrupt their response to the communities affected by the Omicron wave. Ultimately, our goal is to be solution-oriented during this precarious wave of pandemics, “Farzam said.

The new Santa Monica site will also test people for “Flurona,” a combination of COVID-19 and flu found in a teenage boy at a 911 COVID testing site near the Getty Center in Brentwood.

People can make an appointment to get tested on the new site or one of the 911 COVID testing sites at 911CovidTesting.com.

The City Intelligence Service contributed to this report.

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