September 23, 2020
Call goes out for more COVID-19 testing
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – County health officials have issued a call for more COVID-19 testing.

It’s pointed out that not only does testing help slow the spread of the coronavirus, but could get the county to economically emerge from the state’s most restrictive purple tier. Going to the ‘red’ level would allow more businesses, as well as schools and places of worship, to reopen indoors.

Testing identifies infected individuals and their close contacts who can be isolated. The process disrupts the disease, slows its spread and preserves space in acute care hospitals.

At the purple tier, COVID-19 is considered ‘widespread’. Under the red tier, the virus is ‘substantial’.

“We’ve made a lot of progress in slowing the spread of the disease and we want residents to know that more testing will help us continue to disrupt the spread of the virus,” said Kim Saruwatari, director of the Riverside University Health System - Public Health. “At the beginning of the pandemic Riverside County led the state in per capita testing.”

There are 13 testing sites spread throughout Riverside County, both walk-in and drive-up services. Information on locations and appointments are at gettested.ruhealth.org.
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