BREAKING: Cal State LA to be COVID-19 testing site

Cal State LA will become one of many coronavirus testing sites in LA County


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Joshua Letona, Entertainment Managing Editor

Cal State LA will be open to the public, by appointment only, for free coronavirus testing.

According to a press release sent out by the school on Thursday, those looking to be tested must first make an appointment. Appointments can be made now at Los Angeles County COVID-19 testing website or by calling 2-1-1 to speak with a representative.

The site comes as a collaboration between the university, L.A. County and the Department of Health Services.

The testing site will be operating out of the BioSpace Incubator in the Rongxiang Xu Bioscience Innovation Center building, right by the Department of Public Safety on Paseo Rancho Castilla. Hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

In a press release from the Los Angeles County supervisor Hilda Solice’s office, the number of administered tests per day may average around 132. She will be holding a press conference at the site at 10:30 a.m., Friday morning.

According to the LA County website, priority will be given to those experiencing symptoms such as “fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.”

Asymptomatic persons will also be prioritized if they are over the age of 65, chronic medical conditions and essential workers. 

Unlike most drive-through testing sites, visitors will be able to walk inside the building to receive the test. Parking will also be available on the west side of Paseo Rancho Castilla for testing visitors only, according to the press release.

In the email announcement, Cal State LA Executive Vice President Jose A. Gomez said that even essential Cal State LA workers can be tested.

“The site will serve the public, but it will also allow essential workers at Cal State LA to receive the test right on campus. All Cal State LA employees may be tested, including those who are asymptomatic,” Gomez said. “Ease of access to testing, when testing is needed, will help keep our community safe.”