Act now! A FREE drive-up coronavirus testing program will launch in Mono County on June 2

Drive-in coronavirus testing is convenient and safer

A FREE drive-up coronavirus testing program will launch in Mono County on June 2. This is the latest testing site launching as part of the California state government’s community-based COVID-19 testing program with support from Project Baseline.

Residents can sign up online for free drive-through testing on Tuesday, June 2 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Sierra Nevada Resort and Spa (164 Old Mammoth Road). 

Check if you’re eligible for FREE testing using the Baseline COVID-19 Program online at Screener and Appointment Scheduling System.

Eligible persons must be 18 years or older, live in Mono County and be willing to electronically sign the COVID-19 Public Health Authorization Form and Lab Consent. For those unable to register and make an appointment ahead of time, we will strive to make impromptu testing available for those who show up.

We are excited about this partnership with Verily because it allows us to significantly ramp up our testing responsiveness throughout Mono County,” stated Public Health Officer Dr. Boo. “We really want those who are experiencing symptoms to be tested, but we know that many people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms so we encourage everyone to consider getting tested on a regular basis, as much as testing resources permit.

People who register online are given an appointment and show up in their vehicle. Participants remain in their car and are shown how to swab their nose for a specimen. Testing of the specimen is not done onsite but at Quest Labs, with an expected average turnaround time of about 3 days. Their COVID-19 test results will be returned via the Baseline portal and email or phone when completed.

This testing site screening is not intended for children or anyone who has severe symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus. People who are sick should call the 211 Nurse Hotline or their primary care provider.

Verily and Team Rubicon have contracted with the California Department of Public Health to provide this service. This will be an ongoing community service, with specimen collection once a week in Mammoth Lakes and Bridgeport.

The Baseline COVID-19 Program provides a connected solution to support individuals from screening through testing and receipt of their test results. Verily developed The Baseline COVID-19 Program working closely with state and local government health authorities and other private health organizations to expand access to COVID-19 screening and testing in areas with a high volume of known cases.

 

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4 Responses to Act now! A FREE drive-up coronavirus testing program will launch in Mono County on June 2

  1. Harold June 3, 2020 at 1:56 pm #

    Merry Cortez – I live with a person with compromised lung health, I’d like to know if I’m exposing them. And even the flu/cold is actually life threatening for them. I will never be able to get on with my life until their lung function is normal. Every cough, sneeze, scratchy throat sets me on edge. So stop judging people, you dont know each situation. And please dont disparage my worry for my child.

     
  2. Merry Cortez June 2, 2020 at 7:25 pm #

    Testing is not the solution to end this pandemic. If you’re having symptoms, yes get a test but if you are well, why would you want to. Especially since there have been false positives associated with the test. Instead of fearing that you may join the 1% and contract this virus, we should instead remain confident that 99% of us won’t contract this. Take precautions and get on with your life. Do you really need a test to tell you that you are sick if you are feeling sick. Review the specifics of “contact tracking” and the negative ramifications. Also many who have contracted Covid have experienced symptoms similar to the regular cold/flu, not life threatening.

     
  3. Harold June 2, 2020 at 3:29 pm #

    What, why isnt Bishop able to test people without symptoms!

     
    • Charles James June 2, 2020 at 5:02 pm #

      They simply don’t have the supply of tests to do so. Also, there is the question of how often and which type of test (viral or antibody) should be administered. It’s not a matter of just taking a test, because, if you test negative, the question becomes, when should you be tested again? And how often? There is also the issue of who is going to be paying for all these tests if and when they do become available. Hopefully some answers will be forthcoming. Remember, the whole country is in this fix. The current population of the United States is estimated at 331 million. That’s a lot of testing!

       

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