State-run coronavirus testing sites to move to Temecula; county announces 2 more sites to open in Corona, San Jacinto

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Health care workers conduct a private drive-thru COVID-19 testing site operated by Hemet Global Medical Center in April. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

Riverside County officials on Friday announced they are adding two new walk-in coronavirus testing sites in the western county area, while another state-run site will move to Temecula.

The two new sites are in Corona and San Jacinto, and an existing Mead Valley testing site will be relocated to Temecula.

Testing at Corona Senior Citizens Center 921 S. Belle Ave. in Corona and at 790 S. State St. in San Jacinto will begin Tuesday, May 26, and continue Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

These will be the third and fourth walk-in sites operated by the county, in addition to sites already operating Moreno Valley and Cathedral City. Four more drive-up testing sites are located in Indio, Lake Elsinore, Perris and Riverside.

The state-run testing site that previously operated at the Mead Valley Community Center will move to the Grace Mellman Library at 41000 County Center Dr. in Temecula. Testing there will also start on Tuesday, May 26, and continue Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. There are also eight state-run, walk-in testing sites located throughout Riverside County including the new Temecula location.

“I am very pleased to see more testing sites open in Western Riverside County. I can’t stress enough how important it is to get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms,” said Vice Chair Karen Spiegel, Second District Supervisor. “Increased testing is an important aspect of being able to reopen our businesses and region faster.”

So far, more than 93,000 Riverside County residents have been tested at the community testing sites, along with screenings at clinics, hospitals, private labs and other locations, according to county officials.

Testing at any of these locations is open to anyone, whether they have symptoms or not, and there are no out-of-pocket costs to individuals, officials said. Participants will be asked to provide information about their health insurance, but will not be charged any fees or copay, and will be allowed to get tested even if they do not provide insurance information. Appointments are required at all locations to get tested.

For a complete list of all testing locations and instructions on how to make an appointment, visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus/testing.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.