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New walk-up testing site in Cathedral City

Testing at the Cathedral City Public Library began on Monday, May 18 and will continue Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library is at 33520 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City.

Testing at the this site is open to anyone, whether they have symptoms or not, and there are no out-of-pocket costs to individuals. Participants will be asked to provide information about their health insurance, but they will not be charged any share of costs or copay, and will be allowed to get tested even if they do not provide the insurance information.

Other County-run testing sites in the Coachella Valley:

Indio - Riverside County Fairgrounds, in parking lots 5 and 5A off of Arabia Street (between Highway 111 and Dr. Carreon Boulevard, Indio) - Drive-thru testing, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. By appointment only. Appointment times are discussed when residents call the toll-free number at 800-945-6171. 

State-operated testing sites in the Coachella Valley:

Desert Hot Springs - Lozano Community Center, 12-800 West Arroyo, Desert Hot Springs. Tuesday - Saturday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., 

Mecca - Mecca Boys & Girls Club, 91391 66th Ave., Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

These sites are being operated by OptumServe, a firm hired by the state to conduct testing, and each location can process up to 132 people daily. The service is free and those wanting to be tested can be asymptomatic, but must have an appointment. 

Appointments can be made online by going to https://lhi.care/covidtesting or those without internet access can call 888-634-1123. Testing is available for everyone, regardless of insurance or immigration status, and is no cost to the resident.

Other local testing sites

Desert Oasis Healthcare, 275 El Cielo Road, Palm Springs - Drive-up screening for Desert Oasis HMO patients only. Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., seven days a week.

Desert AIDS Project, 1695 N. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs - Anyone who thinks they might be suffering from COVID-19 should call (760) 992-0407 for information and the opportunity to talk to DAP clinician about their symptoms.

  • The COVID-19 Triage Clinic does not accept walk-ins.
  • You must discuss your symptoms with a clinician by calling (760) 992-0407– it will be decided then if you can be seen at the COVID-19 Triage Clinic.
  • If you attempt to be seen at the COVID-19 Triage Clinic without an appointment, you are putting yourself and others at risk – please call (760) 992-0407 to talk to someone.

As of May 18, 2020 - 80,000 Riverside County residents have been tested at the county’s four community test sites, clinics, hospitals and other locations.

Contact your doctor

Riverside County health officials are encouraging Coachella Valley residents who have symptoms and are concerned they could have coronavirus (COVID-19) to first contact their primary care physicians. These physicians can schedule testing through commercial labs. Residents can also contact the County at (800) 945-6171 to schedule an appointment for testing.