A new COVID-19 testing site that can test as many as three times the number of people at any other testing site in Los Angeles County opened Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
The new testing site was announced by Mayor Eric Garcetti during his daily coronavirus update on Friday. Garcetti said the new testing site at Dodger Stadium has the capability to test as many as 6,000 people a day at the new location. Video screens set up will help show people how the test works while they are waiting in line. The videos are meant to help make testing quick and keep lines moving.
"I know that we all have fond memories of summer nights at Chavez Ravine, taking in a game and cheering on our boys in blue. Now, even with baseball season on hold, we can still go to the stadium to find help and hope,'' Garcetti said. "And we have specifically designed this site to move people through the process quickly, alleviating long lines and wait times.''
Testing is free. You must sign up for an appointment at https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/. Priority will be given to those with symptoms of COVID-19 and for front-line and essential workers.
COVID-19 itself can present with many different symptoms, with the most common respiratory problems. There have also been reports of younger people dying of strokes and heart attacks without respiratory symptoms, who tested positive for the virus.
Widespread testing is one of the key factors health officials have said would be key to reopening the economy and lifting lockdown orders.
On Monday, Los Angeles County officials reported 1,047 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 12 additional deaths, raising the county's totals to 46,018 cases and 2,116 deaths.
The new test site was born out of a partnership between the Los Angeles Fire Department and the nonprofit Community Organized Relief Effort, which is led by actor Sean Penn.
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