L.A. County Temporary Closes Some COVID-19 Testing Sites Due To Unrest


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Many Los Angeles County COVID-19 testing sites have closed or are keeping limited hours in the wake of protests throughout the county that could pose a safety concern, health officials announced today.

“Los Angeles County is in the midst of fighting an unprecedented pandemic while also facing a state of emergency that impacts public safety. Public health remains a key concern and testing remains a priority as we continue to battle the coronavirus,'' said Dr. Christina Ghaly, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. “We are continuing to ensure that our testing sites are safe for both patients and staff.''

The following county testing sites have closed out of concerns about civil unrest.

-- AltaMed Medical and Dental Group, 972 Goodrich Blvd., Commerce;

-- AltaMed Medical and Dental Group, 8627 Atlantic Ave., South Gate;

-- AltaMed Medical and Dental Group, Sunset Ave., West Covina; and

-- South Bay Galleria, 1815 Hawthorne Blvd.,  Redondo Beach.

Other sites remain open with limited hours, including:

-- Charles R. Drew University Campus, 1731 E. 120th St., Los Angeles, which will close early at 2:30 p.m.

Sites closing at 5 p.m. include:

-- California State University, Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles;

-- ChapCare Pasadena, 1595 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena;

-- ChapCare Vacco Health Center, 10408 Vacco St., Suite A, South El Monte;

-- Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, 1000 W. Carson St., Bldg. N26., Torrance;

-- Hawthorne Memorial Center, Betty Ainsworth Sports Center, 3851 W. El Segundo Blvd., Hawthorne;

-- Los Angeles County's Crenshaw Area Office, 3606 W. Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles;

-- Santa Monica College, 2800 Airport Ave., Santa Monica; and

-- West Jordan High School, 171 W. Bort St., Long Beach.

All patients registered for appointments are being called or notified by email or a phone call, according to county authorities.

Updated information on closures can be found at https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/.

The city of Los Angeles' only COVID-19 testing site scheduled to be open Tuesday is the Dodger Stadium testing site located at 1001 Scott Ave. in Elysian Park. People should enter through Gate B. All city testing site appointments for Tuesday were moved to the Dodger Stadium.

In San Gabriel, the Herald Christian Health Center is launching a free COVID-19 testing location for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms and all asymptomatic essential workers. Those who are eligible include healthcare workers, social workers, grocery store workers, restaurant workers, food service employees, seniors aged 65 and up, and patients with chronic diseases.

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