PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

5/28/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 052821-2
Subject:
City to Transition Rapid Assessment Clinic to Mobile Outreach Vehicle Team June 1
Continued services include COVID-19 testing, referrals and health education
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS
jic@longbeach.gov





Long Beach, CA – At the conclusion of its standard operation today, May 28, the City of Long Beach will demobilize the structure of its Rapid Assessment Clinic (RAC), located at the Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus (PCC), and transition it to an onsite mobile outreach vehicle team. The new RAC mobile outreach team will begin operations on Tuesday, June 1, and will continue to provide various no-cost medical services to the community.

The RAC mobile outreach vehicle team will be stationed in PCC’s Parking Lot One, located on the corner of Orange Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, adjacent to the City’s evening vaccination clinic. The mobile RAC will continue to operate Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will provide various services at no cost, including COVID-19 testing and referrals, as well as public health education and outreach services. COVID-19 vaccinations are also expected to be administered in the near future. The RAC mobile outreach vehicle is anticipated to provide services through the remainder of the year.

The demobilization of the existing RAC facility comes to a close as the City and County remain in the State’s least-restrictive yellow tier with a case rate of less than one new case (per 100k) daily, less than 2% positivity rate and less than 2.2% health equity metric. Hospitalization rates have also remained stable and low in comparison to the height of the pandemic when area hospitalizations increased 400% and intensive care unit (ICU) capacity dropped to 12.5% in December 2020, which was then followed by the State’s deadliest month of the pandemic, January 2021. The widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccine has contributed to this trend, as more than 51% of Long Beach residents are vaccinated to date, including 98.5% of residents ages 65 and older. 

The change in how the RAC operates is also in alignment with the City’s current efforts to transition to a mobile model for COVID-19 testing. Mobile testing is available for those who cannot leave their residences for various reasons, such as mobility issues or underlying health conditions, and can be done at residences or facilities such as sober living homes, skilled nursing facilities and other congregate facilities. More information about the City’s mobile testing efforts is available here. To request mobile testing, people can complete this form or call the Public Health Info Line at 562.570.4636 Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Launched in April 2020, the RAC has since significantly contributed to the City’s COVID-19 emergency response efforts by:

  • Serving 22,819 individuals for a variety of medical needs.
  • Providing COVID-19 testing for 3,504 people.
  • Utilizing 6,146 volunteer hours, which has resulted in an estimated cost savings of $224,755.

Staffed by volunteer medical and non-medical professionals from the Long Beach Health Department, members of the Long Beach Medical Reserve Corps, nursing students from local schools and Pacific Gateway, the RAC continued to provide a number of services over the past year, including medical assistance to people who might otherwise feel compelled to visit an emergency room for various medical conditions throughout the pandemic, easing the strain on area hospitals. Services have included assessments and treatments for common ailments such as earaches and urinary tract infections; prescription renewals for common medications such as oral contraception and medications for hypertension, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), thyroid issues, cholesterol, diabetes, depression and allergies; evaluations for individuals with flu-like symptoms; and COVID-19 drive-through testing.

Media inquiries may be directed to the City of Long Beach Joint Information Center at jic@longbeach.gov or 562.570.NEWS.

For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep our residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. People may also visit longbeach.gov/COVID19data for up to date information regarding cases and vaccines.