SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Covid Clinic’s debut in San Diego County was a little rocky in April when it was shut down by Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer.
Fast forward to today, the operation seems to be running smoothly in both La Mesa and Downtown San Diego.
“Since we were one of the first to open in San Diego County, there were some things that were brought to our attention that the county wanted,” said Covid Clinic CEO, Matt Collins. “So once we met each of the items that they were requesting, we’ve been able to continue testing without any issues.”
Wooten sent a letter to Covid Clinic stating that the first site at MiraCosta College in Cardiff needed to shut down because the proper credentials to operate were not provided to the county. Test results also were not immediately reported to the county.
Collins said the clinic now reports results to the county every day.
He said, on average, about 100 to 150 people are tested at the downtown location, while about 350 to 400 are tested in La Mesa.
While many testing sites are now limiting COVID-19 tests to those who have symptoms or fall in the high-risk category, Collins said anyone could schedule an appointment online to be tested at Covid Clinic.
Across the country, people have also reported significant delays in test results. Covid Clinic offers three different tests, and Collins said they guarantee quick results.
“We understand how important it is to get a result quickly,” said Collins.
The antibody and antigen tests come with rapid results in just 60 minutes for $150.
The nasal swabs require lab testing, but results can still be provided within the same day, the next day, or two days, however, it is a bit pricier.
“The price varies from 375 dollars for a guaranteed two-day turnaround to 425 dollars for same-day turnaround. We’re seeing a lot of demand for that test because people need to travel,” he explains.
Collins said the clinic has partnered with a lab in Orange County to deliver results without delays.
“We’re going to continue to strive to make testing accessible to San Diegans and always provide the most accurate tests,” he said.
In addition to San Diego County, Covid Clinic has drive-thru testing sites in Westminster, Ventura, Norco, and Temecula. Visit https://covidclinic.org/ for more information.