Site is third location in the County in partnership with California and OptumServe
Today the County of Fresno announced a new COVID-19 testing site located at the West Fresno Regional Center. The testing site is the third such location launched in Fresno County as part of California’s efforts to increase statewide testing with a focus on underserved communities.
As with testing locations at Fresno City College and the Sanger Community Center, the new site is powered through a partnership with OptumServe, the federal government health services business of Optum, a leading health services innovation company.
“Increased testing capacity is a necessity that has been an ongoing challenge throughout this pandemic,” says Buddy Mendes, Chairman of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. “I am happy to see the state recognize the need and help to make additional testing resources available for the benefit of all Fresno County residents as we continue to fight COVID-19.”
The West Fresno Regional Center site is expected to begin testing early next week, though the public may now begin to schedule appointments online. Tests are by-appointment-only and can be made by calling 1-888-634-1123 or visiting https://lhi.care/covidtesting. Please note that phone registration will only be used for people without internet access.
“This new testing site will continue to improve our capacity to identify COVID-19 in the community and take measures to slow the spread of the virus,” says Fresno County Interim Health Officer, Dr. Rais Vohra. “The West Fresno Regional Center provides easy access to testing in an area that had been underserved and it will ultimately help our region in our efforts to fight and recover from this pandemic.”
To determine where to locate new testing sites, the state looked at both rural and urban areas where Californians would have to travel between 30 and 60 minutes to reach an existing testing site or hospital. That information was then evaluated based on underserved populations, to address known disparities, and median income, so residents have access to testing regardless of socioeconomic status.
For more information and resources, visit Fresno County’s COVID-19 website at http://fcdph.org/covid19
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