May 11, 2020
Riverside County Joint Information Center
Teenagers and young adults encouraged to get tested for coronavirus
Riverside County health officials are encouraging young people to get tested for coronavirus
because it is believed the group has been underrepresented in testing so far.
More than 71,000 people have been tested in Riverside County – at county- and state-run
testing sites, clinics, hospitals and private facilities – and health officials say it is important that
all segments of the population get tested to help determine the spread of coronavirus in the
community. While adults have been well represented in testing, officials said they would like
more of those 25 and younger to get screened.
According to census data, those 18 and under make up about 25 percent of Riverside County’s
population, but that group has made up only 6.6 percent of the testing appointments at the
county’s coronavirus testing sites.
“We would like to get a more complete picture of the illness as it has spread among young
people,” said Kim Saruwatari, director of public health for Riverside County. “This will helps us
better understand who in the community has the disease and how it might be moving among
children and families.”
The county currently operates four drive up testing sites – Indio, Perris, Riverside and Lake
Elsinore – and those who want to be screened do not have to have symptoms, although they do
need an appointment. Parent permission is required for testing of minors. For an appointment,
Appointments are also required at the eight state-operated walk-up testing sites spread
throughout the county. To make an appointment at the state sites go online, click
https://lhi.care/covidtesting, or for those without internet access call 888-634-1123.
“Testing is for everyone, regardless of immigration status or insurance, and it is free,” said
Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “Testing has been
expanded to be available for those with and without symptoms, and we encourage our young
people to get themselves tested at one of our many testing sites.”
There is no cost to the person being tested at either the county or state operated facilities.
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