CATHEDRAL CITY —Residents who want to receive a free COVID-19 test must call (800) 945-6171 first in order to schedule an appointment.

As of Monday, the Riverside County Public Health System added the Cathedral City Public Library to its list of county locations where  Walk-ups without an appointment are not permitted and will be turned away.

Riverside County reports that its Cathedral City Public Library location has generated the most interest and is providing more daily tests to residents than any other location in the county.

This community is one of two new walk-in testing sites for those interested in being screened for coronavirus. The other site is in Moreno Valley.

Testing at the Cathedral City Public Library started Monday, May 18 and will continue through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The library is located at 33520 Date Palm Drive.

These are the first walk-in testing sites operated by the county; the four others are drive up sites located in Indio, Lake Elsinore, Perris and Riverside.

While thhey are walk-in sites, an appointment is required.

So far, more than 80,000 Riverside County residents have been tested at the county’s four sites, along with screenings at clinics, hospitals, private labs and other locations. There are also eight state-run, walk-in testing sites located throughout Riverside County.

Testing at the county-run sites is open to anyone, whether they have symptoms or not, and there are no out-of-pocket costs to individuals. Participants will be asked to provide information about their health insurance, but they will not be charged any share of costs or copay, and will be allowed to get tested even if they do not provide the insurance information. You must have an appointment to get tested.

To make an appointment at a county-operated site, call 800-945-6171. To make an online appointment at the state-run testing site, click here or those without internet access can call 888-634-1123.

The walk-in testing sites comes as the California Department announced that starting today, Monday, May 18, some sectors of the economy statewide can begin reopening with modifications, including office spaces and counseling services in places of worship, curbside libraries and drive-in movie theaters.



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