PRESS RELEASE

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

4/17/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 041720
Subject:
Long Beach Announces Three New COVID-19 Testing Sites in the City
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS (Media inquiries only)
jic@longbeach.gov (Media inquiries only)
RESIDENTS: Please call 562.570.INFO




Long Beach, CA - Beginning Saturday, April 18, there will be three new testing sites in Long Beach, more than tripling the current testing capability in Long Beach.

“Expanding testing has been a huge priority and these three new sites along with our Long Beach City College location will enable us to perform over 500 tests per day,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We are not waiting around for more tests to arrive but are actively purchasing our own to take care of Long Beach.”

The City of Long Beach will be operating free drive-through COVID-19 testing at two additional sites in North and West Long Beach, supplementing the testing available at the Rapid Assessment Clinic currently being operated by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services at Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus (PCC). Additionally, a new drive-through testing site will be offered at St. Mary Medical Center. All sites are open to the public by appointment only.

The two new City testing sites will operate seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. until further notice and will be available at the below locations:

  • Jordan High School, 6500 Atlantic Ave. (entrance on Atlantic Avenue)
  • Cabrillo High School, 2001 Santa Fe Ave. (entrance on Santa Fe Avenue at W. Willard Street)

Testing will be available at both sites by appointment only. Same or next day testing appointments will be open to all who are symptomatic. While testing is prioritized for individuals who are over 65 years of age or have underlying chronic health conditions, it is available to anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms. Interested individuals should visit the City’s COVID-19 testing page and answer several pre-screening questions. Residents with no email address or those who need assistance with scheduling an appointment, can contact the City’s COVID-19 INFO hotline at (562) 570-INFO (4636).

The tests provided at the new City sites will be mouth swab tests that do not require assistance. The City expects to test approximately 120 people per day at each new site.

Individuals with positive test results will be notified via email and will be contacted by Long Beach Health Department case investigators by phone. Individuals whose test results are negative will be notified via email.

Additionally, the St. Mary Medical Center testing site, located at 1050 Linden Ave., expects to test approximately 200 people per day at the facility, which will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Recent Long Beach data has shown a disparity in positive and hospitalized cases affecting the African American community, similar to the national trend. The City of Long Beach is committed to ensuring that all residents are educated about COVID-19 and have the necessary access to COVID-19 testing if they are symptomatic. By increasing free testing locations throughout Long Beach, the City seeks to provide more opportunities for all residents, if they test positive, to be supported while in isolation and acquire quick treatment if needed to further prevent complications, potential hospitalizations, and community spread.

For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep its residents safe, visit: longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.