Los Angeles has become the first major US city to offer free COVID-19 testing to all residents.
The free testing will be offered to all residents whether or not they’re experiencing detectable symptoms, although those with symptoms will be prioritized.
“So long as COVID-19 spreads, we have to scale up our response—and because this disease can be a silent killer, we have carefully built the capacity to get more people tested,” Garcetti said in a press release. “No one should have to wait, wonder, or risk infecting others. Don’t leave it to chance. Schedule a test.”
While Garcetti’s initial announcement suggested free testing would be reserved for city residents only, the press release makes it clear that the series will actually extend to everyone who resides in Los Angeles County. Regional government has established an online portal where residents can schedule a test, with priority for same or next-day testing given to those who are showing symptoms and/or frontline workers.
While the state of California as a whole is eyeing wider reopening pushes for the future, Governor Gavin Newsom recently cautioned that the widespread resuming of business for retail shops and schools is likely still weeks away. The safest path forward, Newsom has said, is for testing to continue increasing statewide.
In order for the country to safely reopen and begin to get back to business, widespread testing is a must!
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday that all county residents can now get free #coronavirus testing.? ? Until now, only residents with symptoms as well as essential workers and those in institutional setting like nursing homes could be tested.? ? Officials say expanded testing is essential to getting a better sense of how many people have the virus — data that could be used to ease stay-at-home rules.? ? Under the new guidelines, priority for the same or next day testing will still be given to people with symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Visit the link in our bio to read more. [via @latimes]