New Testing Site Opens at Dodgers Stadium - Can Test Up to 6,000 People A Day

Ameera Butt
May 26, 2020 - 10:32 am

The city of Los Angeles opened a new COVID-19 testing site at Dodgers stadium on Tuesday. 

The site is in partnership with CORE, actor Sean Penn's global nonprofit that has not only done relief work in other countries hit by disasters but also runs testing sites in LA, and LAFD.

The site has the capacity to test up to 6,000 people per day.

"This builds on the work we have been doing for weeks and months. We want testing to be easy, accessible and free for everyone here in Los Angeles," the Mayor said standing at Dodgers stadium Tuesday morning.

He said the scale of this "is unprecedented," adding he just got tested at the site himself.

Garcetti said there are now more than 10 testing sites across the city of Los Angeles and 36 testing sites in LA County and on average 15,000 are tested per day.

Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten said they started testing at Dodgers stadium 10 weeks ago and in those 10 weeks they've tested more than 40,000 people. 

LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas thanked the Dodgers and CORE.

"We are very, very proud to be here," he said.

In April the Mayor of LA announced that all residents, with or without COVID-19 symptoms, can now be tested.

That meant the demand has gone up. Earlier in the month, Garcetti addressed the wait times for test results during a question and answer portion of the briefing to KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta.

"There was no question that in the last two weeks, as more tests were added, that that test time slowed down," he said to Peschiutta."We need to bring that number down."

Peschiutta reported that Garcetti hopes to get turnaround time to 24 hours instead of days.

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Garcetti announced in April that Los Angeles will become the first major city in America to offer free, wide-scale testing to all of its residents with or without symptoms.

"We did that in just 40 days. Those with symptoms will, of course, have the first priority. We have the capacity, we believe, to move forward with that starting tonight," Garcetti said.

The testing will be open to any resident of LA County, with tests administered at eight sites in the city of LA.

In May, the Mayor also announced two additional testing sites in the city that will open on Wednesday –– one in the Valley and one in South L.A.

He said as of today, the city has the capacity to test 18,500 people daily. On Wednesday that number jumps to 36 testing sites, including Northridge and Baldwin Hills locations, the Mayor said on Tuesday.

Testing time will also be extended till 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the sites to accommodate the demand of people who want to be tested, according to the Mayor in a recent briefing.

You need to schedule an appointment first. The tests are mouth swab tests and are free.

The website is coronavirus.lacity.org/testing

Meanwhile, LA County also has eight sites that have opened or will open in the coming weeks. They are part of Gov. Newsom's order to add more testing sites across the state this week.

Opened Early this Week

ChapCare, 1595 N. Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91104

West Jordan High School, (Jordan Plus High School) 171 W. Bort St. Long Beach, 90805

Scheduled for May 7

CSULA, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032 (LA BioSpace Building, 1900 block of Paseo Rancho Castilla, across the street from Public Safety Building)

Santa Monica College (SMU) 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (also known as the "Airport" satellite campus)    

Hawthorne Memorial Center - Betty Ainsworth Sports Center, 3851 W El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250

Scheduled for May 11

ChapCare, 10408 Vacco Street, Suite A South El Monte CA 91733

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, 21840 Normandie Ave, Torrance, CA 90502

County of LA Crenshaw Area Office, 3606 West Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

    To Register for these sites: Please visit lhi.care/covidtesting

    Garcetti said testing will be expanded to include construction workers who may be asymptomatic or without symptoms.

    Garcetti said testing has been expanded to include delivery drivers, rideshare drivers and taxi drivers who can now get a test at one of these testing sites, even if they are asymptomatic.

    Testing is available to all critical workers, like grocery store workers, first responders, healthcare workers, without symptoms. 

    Exhibiting no symptoms means someone is asymptomatic. 

    "They can get a test even if they don't have symptoms," Garcetti said.

    CLICK FOR MORE INFO: coronavirus.lacity.org/testing

    Garcetti said effective immediately same-day or next-day testing results is available for anybody with COVID-19 symptoms.

    New testing sites have opened up in the last few weeks including Inglewood at the Forum, Bellflower, El Monte, Bell and downtown near Macarthur Park.

    Some new testing sites, including drive-through locations, have opened: 

    Beverly Hospital (309 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640)

    Good Samaritan Hospital (1225 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017)

    PIH Health City of Bell (6480-6410 Atlantic Ave., Bell, CA 90203)

    PIH Health Hospital - Whittier (12401 Washington Blvd., Whittier, CA 90602)

    Earlier in the month, Los Angeles City Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorell told KNX there are also two walk-in sites where you have to make an appointment and walk-in. There is also mobile testing that is only available for elderly care facilities and nursing homes, he said.

    Most of the sites are drive-through so people don't even have to leave their car.