San Diego County opens appointment-only COVID-19 testing sites in Chula Vista, Escondido

Posted at 12:10 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 15:10:18-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Two free COVID-19 testing centers are opening in the South Bay and North County Monday, but county health officials noted the drive-thru clinics are only taking patients by appointment at this point.

County Health and Human Services Agency officials said the sites in Chula Vista and Escondido will not administer coronavirus tests to anyone unless they have an appointment made through the Nursing Triage Team by calling 211.

Officials said the testing centers are for “people without a medical provider, those with a medical provider that is unable to do testing in their facility, or for those with a medical provider who makes a referral for the person to call 211 for an appointment instead of their provider’s typical location.”

The testing site locations and hours:

South Bay
Live Well Center at Chula Vista
690 Oxford St.
M-F, 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

North County
North Inland Live Well Escondido Center
649 W Mission Ave.
M-F, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Officials said tests are administered via nasal swab and results would be available “typically 24-48 hours.”