ANAHEIM (CBSLA) – As the number of coronavirus cases in Orange County continues to spike at an alarming rate, residents will now be able to get free testing at the Anaheim Convention Center.
The county Wednesday is opening a large-scale COVID-19 testing program at the convention center capable of testing 600 to 800 people per day.READ MORE: Less Than Half Of Hospital Employees Vaccinated At USC Medical In Boyle Heights And Olive View Medical In Sylmar
The county hopes to be able to ramp up testing to 1,200 people per day within a few weeks.
Testing will be prioritized for people with symptoms, those who have been exposed to a coronavirus patient, healthcare workers, first responders, nursing home residents, the homeless and essential workers.
To get tested, people must make an online appointment here.
The site is a public-private collaboration with the 360 Clinic and the city of Anaheim. Those with health insurance will have their insurers billed, while those without insurance will have the cost of the test covered by federal funding.READ MORE: Some Parents Sending Students Back To School Monday, While Others Keeping Kids Home For Virtual Classes
Testing will run Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The site will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Through Tuesday, O.C. has recorded 26,120 coronavirus cases and 433 deaths. 712 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including 237 in ICU beds.
At least 324,000 coronavirus tests have been conducted countywide so far.
The county run drive thru COVID testing is now open at the Anaheim Convention center. Officials expect to test 600-800 people a day to start with hopes of getting to 1,200 a day. Register online through the @ochealth website to make a reservation and check eligibility @CBSLA pic.twitter.com/yxEs2NaDDP
— Chris Ercoli (@CErcoliCBS2KCAL) July 15, 2020MORE NEWS: Local Firefighters Begin 40-Day 9/11 Memorial Ride Cross-Country, From Santa Monica To New York City