San Diego County is opening up exclusive coronavirus testing sites just for school personnel and making testing for youth more available as more schools open for in-person instruction, officials announced Wednesday.
Exclusive testing sites for staff will open on Thursday in Chula Vista and San Diego and on Monday in El Cajon. A fourth in Del Mar will open next Monday.
- South County personnel can visit 650 L St., Chula Vista, Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- North County personnel can visit 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting 10/5
- East County personnel can visit 301. N. Mollison Ave, El Cajon, Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Oct. 2
- Central personnel can visit 2375 Congress St., San Diego, Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The four locations will offer no-appointment necessary walk-up testing and testing by appointment. The county encourages personnel to contact their school or district for more information.
Meanwhile, the county also expanded testing services for kids beyond local hospitals. Kids in grades K-12 can now get tested at Rady Children's Hospital, Kaiser Permanente sites and all county of San Diego testing locations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report that said the majority of infections among school-age children, 63%, were among children over 11 years old. Overall, the disease does not affect youth as frequently or devastatingly as it affects older adults.
Parental consent will be required for children under the age of 12. Parents should call 211 or go to 211SanDiego.org to set up an appointment.
Officials said county testing sites will grow from 29 to 41 over the next two weeks in order to expand testing to about 30,000 tests per week.
Coronavirus tests are free for all San Diego County residents, whether or not you have insurance. Visit 211sandiego.org or call 211 for more information, or click here to see a map of all current county testing sites.