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San Diego County Opening COVID-19 Testing Sites for Teachers and Students

-Editorial

Starting Oct. 1, the County of San Diego will be setting up COVID-19 testing sites for teachers and school personnel in San Diego, Chula Vista, Del Mar, and El Cajon.

The sites, set up in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education, will offer testing without an appointment to maximize the number of tests administered. The California Department of Public Health recommends periodic surveillance testing for all school employees who may have contact with students or other staff.

Teachers and staff should contact their school or school district for information on where to get a test.

Additionally, San Diego County Fire will be working with school districts in rural communities to test school personnel.

Testing for Students

Students in grades K-12 can get tested at the following locations:

Additional testing guidance is available for teachers, students, and school personnel through their healthcare provider, and health plans are required to cover the cost.

Over the next two weeks, the number of County sites will increase from 29 to 41 and the number of tests available to be administered by public health nurses through the County’s lab contract with Helix will nearly double to about 30,000 weekly tests.

COVID-19 testing continues to be primarily being conducted at hospitals, with additional tests from commercial labs and community health centers.

The County is working to transition the majority of its sites to those that will not require an appointment.

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