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COVID-19 Testing

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act included provisions to increase the accessibility of testing while investing $6 million in our nation’s testing capabilities and diagnostics. Additionally, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act invested $25 billion for expanded testing with requirements to create a federal strategic testing plan.

 

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Testing:

Elimination of out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 tests:

How you can get tested for COVID-19:

  • Riverside University Health System
    • Call the COVID-19 Information Line at 1 (800) 945-6171 to find out if you qualify.
      • You can call between 7:30am-10pm, 7 days a week.  
    • From there, you can be scheduled for a test at one of three sites: Indio Fair Grounds, Lake Elsinore, and Harvest Christian Church Fellowship Church.
  • Eisenhower Health
    • Call the Eisenhower Health Hotline at (760) 837-8988 to discuss any symptom concerns before presenting at any facility.
      • The line is staffed 24 hours a day by registered nurses. 
  • Desert Aids Project (DAP)
    • Call the DAP COVID-19 Hotline at (760) 992-0407. If the DAP clinician screening you determines you need testing, you will be instructed to come in.
  • Riverside County Fairgrounds
    • Drive-up testing is taking place in parking lots 5 and 5A off of Arabia Street--between Highway 111 and Dr. Carreon Boulevard. 
  • As of May 5, 2020, eight additional testing sites have opened up throughout Riverside County. If you would like to get tested for COVID-19, visit https://lhi.care/covidtesting or call 888-634-1123 to make an appointment at the facility closest to you.

Frequently Asked Questions about Testing:

How do I know if I should be tested for COVID-19?

  • If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, call any of the above hotlines to find out if you should get tested.

Why must I be screened for a test before I come in?

  • There may be limited testing due to a shortage of tests or personal protective equipment for medical workers. 

Am I considered part of a priority group to get tested for COVID-19? 

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that health care providers use their best judgment to determine which patients should be tested.
  • The CDC has prioritized patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms, symptomatic health care workers, and symptomatic high-risk individuals. You can read the full guidance here.