Where To Get Tested For COVID-19 In The Tri-Community

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COVID-19 testing is now open to any person who wants to get a test.
By Michelle Hannon

Phelan Rite Aid Pharmacy is offering COVID-19 Drive Through Testing (nasal swab) by appointment only Mondays through Fridays, from 10 am-8 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am-5 pm.

To participate- All patients are required to provide government-issued identification, be at least 18 years old, and need to pre-register and complete a pre-screening online at https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/services/covid-19-testing to schedule a time slot for testing. Complete a pre-screening and schedule an appointment. Patients will be asked to provide health insurance information to schedule an appointment. Most health insurance plans will cover the full cost of testing, at no expense to the patient. If the patient does not have insurance, there will be no charges for the services provided.

COVID-19 testing is also available through the San Bernardino County Public Health Department. The three nearest to the Tri-Community are:  1) Adelanto Health Center located at 11336 Bartlett Ave, Suite 11 in Adelanto.  2)  Hesperia Health Center located at 16453 Bear Valley Road in Hesperia, and  3) Victor Valley Collage located at 71 Mojave Fish Hatchery Road in Victorville.

These County sites are indoors and by appointment only, Monday thru Friday. Samples are collected by a swab placed in the nostrils or the mouth. Testing is free.

San Bernardino Public Health Department Educator Frank Becerra explained that it is important for everyone to get tested for COVID-19; it will help stop the spread. Any person can be a carrier of COVID-19 and not show symptoms; this means they are asymptomatic. If an individual tests positive, they should avoid other people and contact a health provider. It is important to know if you have COVID-19,  you can be provided care and take percussions to avoid spreading it to others.

The San Bernardino County Health Department explains the ability to open certain sectors of the economy and keep them open depends on the county meeting specific criteria set by the State of California, including the number of tests given and positive rates. If we can keep positives down, we can avoid other restrictions and fully reopen the State sooner.

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