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The infographic captures the rise of COVID-19 cases in Orange County.

Testing Sites are Here to Stay

February 17, 2021

Even if you don’t feel any symptoms but you think you may be infected with the virus, please contact your healthcare provider immediately to know your options. 

The Orange County COVID-19 Testing SuperSite locations, Costa Mesa Fairgrounds and the Anaheim Convention Center, offer free testing. 

Appointments are required and can be made on OC Health Care Agency site. 

On the day of your appointment, make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before and have your confirmation with you. Or else, you will not be assisted. The site is a drive-thru and the test is done with a swab inside your nose. But, it is painless and very simple. You will get your results within 2-3 days. While waiting for your results, stay home and self isolate.

I feel like, at first, it seems a lot scarier than it is. The worst part was waiting in line, but the actual test wasn’t bad”

— Jasmine Delgado

Junior, Jasmine Delgado, and her family got tested for COVID-19 at Kaiser Permanente in Irvine. It was a drive thru and they waited for about 25-30 minutes prior to getting tested.

Delgado admits that they were nervous but it wasn’t as bad as they thought it would be.

“I feel like, at first, it seems a lot scarier than it is. The worst part was waiting in line, but the actual test wasn’t bad,” said Delgado.

If you want to avoid long lines, the Orange County Health Agency is now offering free at-home testing kits, both saliva and nasal swabbed. 

The saliva based test is from Ambry Genetics and the nasal swab is from Picture Genetics. You create an account and then you can order your kit on the websites. Once you receive your kit by mail, make sure to register the kit number. Your results will come through in approximately 2-3 days. 

Senior, Cynthia Santiago, has been tested for COVID-19 three times now. Recently, she went to EqualTox Laboratory in Santa Ana.

Santiago said, “Getting tested sounds scary but it was quick and easy. It’s a small sting, but it is not that bad.”

In addition, Latino Health Access offers free COVID-19 testing to everyone with or without symptoms in Orange County. These take place at schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District and other sites. Students are informed through their emails or they can check LHA’s Instagram page @latinohealthaccess. Appointments are required. 

In July 2020, senior, David Nunez, was tested at Newport Center Urgent Care. He needed a negative test to travel.

“Although the nasal swab made me shed a tear, the process took less than 2 minutes and I got my results in 30 minutes because we paid the rapid test fee of $35,” said Nunez.

Though these are just a few of the COVID-19 testing options, there are so many more located in Orange County. Do your research and get tested if you feel sick. 

According to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office, 11% of all Californians have received at least one dose of the vaccine and everyday in America another 1.5 million vaccinations are given.

As many Californians wait for their shot, as always, please continue to follow the guidelines and precautions to stay safe. 

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