County officials urge residents to get tested for COVID-19

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Health care workers conduct coronavirus testing at Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore managed and operated by Riverside University Health System Public Health Department. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Riverside County health officials said only about half of the capacity the county has to conduct COVID-19 tests was being utilized by residents and urged people to get tested, whether they had symptoms or not. In all, 575,906 residents have been tested and 16,617 have been tested through Thursday, Sept. 10. “At the beginning of the pandemic, Riverside County led the state in per capita testing,” Kim Saruwatari, director of Riverside University Health System Public Health, said. “We need to pick up our testing again – for both the purpose of isolating the sick and to help us safely reopen more parts of our community.” Though Riverside County has the volume to test 4,000 people a day, only half that number have been getting tested at county and state testing sites in recen
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