The COVID-19 test site opens in Santa Monica on Saturday

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (CNS) – A new COVID-19 testing site in Santa Monica with an initial capacity to test up to 1,920 people daily opens on Saturday morning as Los Angeles County hits record high COVID-19 cases.

The location – in the former Sears building on Colorado Ave. 302, near Fourth Street – is open Saturday, 6am to 10pm daily

What you need to know

  • A new COVID-19 testing site in Santa Monica with an initial capacity to test up to 1,920 people daily opens on Saturday
  • The location is in the former Sears building on Colorado Ave. 302 and is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • People can get a free 24-48 hour turnaround PCR test, or pay $ 95 for a 15-minute rapid antigen test, or $ 155 for a 12-hour priority PCR test
  • The new Santa Monica site will also test people on “Flurona”

“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 tests from omicron, ”said Steve Farzam, Chief Operations Officer of 911 COVID Testing, who 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.

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 communities affected by the omicron wave. Ultimately, our goal is to be solution-oriented during this precarious pandemic wave, “said Farzam.

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

People can make an appointment here to be tested at the new location or at one of the 911 COVID test locations.

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