Tulare County sets up mobile testing sites through November

The Sun-Gazette

Health officials in Tulare County encourage everyone to get tested at mobile testing sites for free

VISALIA – As cases of COVID-19 surge throughout the country, Tulare County health officials are strongly urging everyone to get tested. And they are even setting up testing sites to make it easier.

Tulare County’s most recent rate of new COVID-19 cases per day, according to the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, is 10.2 new cases per 100,000 people per day. The positivity rate is 4.9% throughout Tulare County, and 8.0% according to the healthy equity quartile positivity rate.*

While the positivity rate and healthy equity quartile positivity rate qualifies for moving down into the “substantial” red tier—as opposed to the “widespread” purple tier the county is currently in—the new case rate per day needs to drop down 1.3 new cases per 100,000 people. Only reasonable precautions like frequent hand washing, mask wearing in social situations and social distancing can bring down the new case rate. But testing will help maintain the county’s positivity rate and the county announced last week that they will make mobile testing sites available throughout the month of November.

Tulare County health officials said sites will be available in the communities of Springville, Poplar, Earlimart, Badger, Farmersville and Visalia.

“In an effort to increase testing in our local communities as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Tulare County, we encourage everyone to get tested, including people experiencing symptoms or who believe they have been exposed to get tested for COVID-19,” stated Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County health officer.

Officials have strongly urged everyone to get tested for COVID-19; testing is free and available to anyone. If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed, or believe you have been exposed, to someone who has tested positive for the virus, or you are an essential agriculture worker or health care worker, officials urge you to get tested. COVID-19 symptoms include: fever, shortness of breath, cough, runny nose, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea and vomiting.

Below are the dates, places, times and contact information for testing sites:

  • Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Poplar Ball Park located at 14656 Road 192 in Poplar. Open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Appointment required. Call 559-741-8444 to make an appointment.
  • Friday, Nov. 6, at the Earlimart Memorial Building located at 712 E. Washington St. in Earlimart. Open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointment required. Make an appointment at projectbaseline.com/covid.
  • Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Badger Sequoia Community Center located at 50151 Whitaker Forest Road in Badger. Open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointment required. Call 559-741-8444 to make an appointment.
  • Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Farmersville High School located at 631 E. Walnut Ave. in Farmersville. Open from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Appointment required. Call 559-741-8444 to make an appointment.
  • Friday, Nov. 13, at the Earlimart Memorial Building located at 712 E. Washington St. in Earlimart. Open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Appointment required. Make an appointment at projectbaseline.com/covid.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Mooney Grove Park located at 27000 S. Mooney Blvd. in Visalia. Open from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Appointment required. Call 559-741-8444 to make an appointment.
  • Friday, Nov. 20, at the Earlimart Memorial Building located at 712 E. Washington St. in Earlimart. Open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Appointment required. Make an appointment at projectbaseline.com/covid.

Widespread testing is critical in identifying and isolating those with the virus to prevent further spread, particularly as Tulare County strives to meet the State’s Blueprint for Reopening metrics that enable schools and businesses to safely reopen.

Those interested in getting tested for COVID-19 can visit www.covid19.tularecounty.ca.gov for a full list of test collection sites within the county and surrounding areas. The web page also includes an interactive map for residents to find their nearest COVID-19 testing site location. Residents can also get tested for COVID-19 at any one of Tulare County’s community testing sites powered by OptumServe.

Below is a list of OptumServe Community Testing locations in Tulare County and their hours of operation:

  • Tulare County Fairgrounds, Building One, located at the corner of Martin Luther King Ave. and K Street in Tulare. Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Dinuba Veterans Memorial Building, located at 249 S. Alta Ave. in Dinuba. Open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Porterville Veterans Memorial Building, located at 1900 W. Olive Ave. in Porterville. Open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

* Revised figures from the California Department of Public Health provided Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020

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