Community leaders test for coronavirus in Lake Elsinore

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Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco prepares to be tested for COVID-19 at the Lake Elsinore testing site at Diamond Stadium Thursday, May 24. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Local elected and community leaders from throughout southwest Riverside County were tested for coronavirus at The Diamond Stadium testing site in Lake Elsinore as part of a community awareness event to encourage residents to be tested for the virus, Thursday, May 21.

On hand for the testing were Lake Elsinore Mayor Brian Tisdale, Lake Elsinore Mayor Pro Tem Bob Magee, Lake Elsinore councilmember Natasha Johnson, Canyon Lake Mayor Jordan Ehrenkranz, Canyon Lake councilmember Jeremy A. Smith, Wildomar councilmember Ben Benoit, Menifee Mayor Pro Tem Matt Liesemeyer, Menifee councilmembers Dean Deines and Lesa Sobek, Murrieta Mayor Gene Wunderlich, Murrieta councilmember Kelly Seyarto, Temecula councilmembers Zak Schwank and Matt Rahn, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco, Riverside County Office of Education trustee Kim Cousins, Riverside University Health Systems-Public Health director Kim Saruwatari and Riverside County Emergency Management director Bruce Barton, among others.

Lake Elsinore Mayor Pro Tem Bob Magee addresses the press after being tested for COVID-19 at the Lake Elsinore testing site at Diamond Stadium. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Lake Elsinore Mayor Pro Tem Bob Magee addresses the press after being tested for COVID-19 at the Lake Elsinore testing site at Diamond Stadium. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Lake Elsinore city manager Grant Yates, Mayor Brian Tisdale, councilmember Natasha Johnson and Mayor Pro Tem Bob Magee pose for a photo after being tested for COVID-19 at the Lake Elsinore testing site at Diamond Stadium. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Menifee Mayor Pro Tem Matt Liesemeyer and councilmember Lesa Sobek take questions from the press after testing for COVID-19 at the Lake Elsinore Testing site at Diamond Stadium. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Two health care workers prepare to test a county employee for COVID-19 at the Lake Elsinore testing site at Diamond Stadium. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Lake Elsinore Mayor Brian Tisdale answers questions after being tested for COVID-19 at the Lake Elsinore testing site at Diamond Stadium. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Menifee councilmember Lesa Sobek prepares to be tested for COVID-19 at the Lake Elsinore testing site at Diamond Stadium. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Bruce Barton, director of emergency management for Riverside County, prepares to be tested for COVID-19 at the Lake Elsinore testing site at Diamond Stadium. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Temecula councilmember Zak Schwank is tested for COVID-19 at the Lake Elsinore testing site at Diamond Stadium. Valley News/Courtesy photo

To date, nearly 100,000 Riverside County residents have been tested, which is one of the highest per-capita rates in the state.

Moving into the next phase of reopening the county, testing needs to continue at a high rate, according to a press release issued by Riverside County.

Residents wishing to be tested should call 800-945-6171 or visit https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus/testing to schedule an appointment.

Kim Harris can be reached by email at valleyeditor@reedermedia.com.