Appointments For Coronavirus Testing Now Available Online

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — Riverside County residents interested in getting screened for coronavirus at one of several county-operated testing sites can now make an appointment online.

Nearly 250,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Riverside County, and health officials continue to encourage residents — those with and without symptoms — to get screened for the virus.

To make an appointment, click www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus/testing.

Residents can also call 800-945-6171, seven days a week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. The wait time to make an appointment by phone is shorter between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

“The online appointment system will make it easier and more convenient for everyone to get tested for coronavirus,” said Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “It will save time for families making testing appointments, and enable everyone to register for an account to view the result online. An online scheduling system enhances our testing capacity as more testing is conducted throughout Riverside County.”

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has continued to rise recently, along with hospitalizations and ICU usage throughout Southern California. While updated weekend figures will not be available until Monday afternoon, as of Monday morning county health officials report 19,450 total COVID-19 cases, with 8,352 of those people having recovered from the illness.

The county death toll stands at 479.

The number of people hospitalized due to the illness was reported at 462, with 120 of those patients in ICU.

Health officials were concerned the Independence Day weekend would cause a spike in new cases if residents did not adhere to safety requirements, including wearing face coverings, maintaining social distancing and frequent hand washing.

This article originally appeared on the Murrieta Patch

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