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County Adds More COVID-19 Testing Sites, Explains Delayed Test Results

Author: Joint Information Center
Date: 6/17/2020 3:08:17 PM

Two new free COVID-19 testing clinics are scheduled for next week in Oceano and Cambria, following testing events this week in Nipomo and Morro Bay. Moving forward, pop-up testing clinics will be staffed by County employees and analyzed at UCSF laboratory or County Public Health lab, which has recently increased its testing capacity to 300 tests per day.


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Update: Pop-up testing locations move to different SLO County locations each week. For the latest locations and to make an appointment, visit www.emergencyslo.org/testing or call (805) 543-2444. 

Correction (June 18, 4 p.m.): COVID-19 tests from local County pop-up clinics will be analyzed at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) laboratory or the County Public Health Department lab. A previous version of this release incorrectly omitted the UCSF lab. The release has been corrected below.   

San Luis Obispo, CA —Two new free COVID-19 testing clinics are scheduled for next week in Oceano and Cambria, following testing events this week in Nipomo and Morro Bay.

The pop-up testing clinics will be staffed by County employees and analyzed at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) laboratory or the County Public Health Department lab, which has recently increased its testing capacity to 300 tests per day.

“We continue to increase access to testing in SLO County and now are able to do so through our own laboratory and the lab at UCSF,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, County Health Officer. “We previously used a vendor for other pop-up clinics and were frustrated to see that some tests failed and many were seriously delayed in their results. To remedy this, our own staff and lab, along with the UCSF lab, will now provide our residents with timely and accurate test results.”

Results from approximately 300 tests have been delayed or incomplete because of an error related to the vendor’s lab. However, results that were received were accurate. The County had entered a no-cost partnership with the independent non-profit to increase access to testing countywide but the organization was not able to meet its obligations and provide results in a timely manner. The County’s Public Health lab can produce faster results within 24 to 48 hours.

In addition to the pop-up testing events, free COVID-19 testing is available at ongoing sites in Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo. In total, the sites include:

Cambria

Cambria Veteran's Memorial, 100 Main St.

June 24-25

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Grover Beach

Ramona Garden Park, 993 Ramona Ave.

Monday-Friday (ongoing)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Oceano

Oceano Community Center, 1425 19th St.

June 22-23

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

San Luis Obispo

SLO Vets Hall, 801 Grand Ave.

Monday-Friday (ongoing)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

To make an appointment, visit emergencySLO.org/testing.

For updates on COVID-19 in SLO County, visit ReadySLO.org or call the staffed phone assistance center at (805) 543-2444 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


El condado agrega más sitios de prueba COVID-19, explica los resultados de las pruebas demoradas

Corrección (18 de junio): las pruebas COVID-19 de las clínicas locales del condado se analizarán en el laboratorio de la Universidad de California en San Francisco (UCSF) o en el laboratorio del Departamento de Salud Pública del condado. Una versión anterior de esta versión omitió incorrectamente el laboratorio UCSF. La publicacion esta corregida abajo.

San Luis Obispo, CA – Dos nuevas clínicas de prueba COVID-19 gratuitas están programadas para la próxima semana en Oceano y Cambria, después de los eventos de prueba esta semana en Nipomo y Morro Bay.

En el futuro, las clínicas de pruebas emergentes serán atendidas por empleados del condado y se analizarán en el laboratorio de la Universidad de California en San Francisco (UCSF) o en el laboratorio del Departamento de Salud Pública del condado, que recientemente ha aumentado su capacidad de prueba a 300 pruebas por día.

“Continuamos aumentando el acceso a las pruebas en el condado de San Luis Obispo y ahora podemos hacerlo a través de nuestro propio laboratorio,” dijo el Dr. Penny Borenstein, Oficial de Salud del condado. “Anteriormente utilizamos un proveedor para otras clínicas emergentes y nos sentimos frustrados al ver que algunas pruebas fallaron y muchas se retrasaron seriamente en sus resultados. Para remediar esto, nuestro propio personal y laboratorio ahora brindaran a nuestros residentes resultados de pruebas oportunos y precisos.”

Los resultados de aproximadamente 300 pruebas se han retrasado o están incompletos debido a un error relacionado con el laboratorio del proveedor. Sin embargo, los resultados que se recibieron fueron precisos. El condado había establecido una asociación sin costo con la organización independiente sin fines de lucro para aumentar el acceso a las pruebas en todo el condado, pero la organización no pudo cumplir con sus obligaciones y proporcionar resultados de manera oportuna. El laboratorio de salud pública del condado puede producir resultados más rápidos en 24 a 48 horas.

Además de los eventos de prueba emergentes, las pruebas COVID-19 gratuitas están disponibles en los sitios en curso en Grover Beach y San Luis Obispo. En total, los sitios incluyen:

 

Cambria

Cambria Veteran's Memorial, 100 Main St.

24-25 de junio

9 a.m. a 4 p.m.

 

Grover Beach

Ramona Garden Park, 993 Ramona Ave.

lunes a viernes (en curso)

7 a.m. a 7 p.m.

 

Oceano

Oceano Community Center, 1425 19th St.

22-23 de junio

9 a.m. a 4:30 p.m.

 

San Luis Obispo

SLO Vets Hall, 801 Grand Ave.

lunes a viernes (en curso)

7 a.m. a 7 p.m.

Para hacer una cita, visite emergencySLO.org/testing

Para obtener actualizaciones sobre COVID-19 en el condado de San Luis Obispo, visite ReadySLO.org o llame al centro de asistencia telefónica con personal al (805) 543-2444 de lunes a viernes, 8a.m. a 5p.m.