Governor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday,
May 6, that a new feature added to the California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 website
helps find testing sites throughout the state.
Users can search by current location, address, city, or ZIP code, or by clicking on an interactive map featuring testing site locations. The link can be found on the COVID-19 website home page. Click on “Get testing and treatment” under “What you can do,” then scroll down to “Find a testing location.”
Newsom said expanded testing was a vital part of the plan to reopen sectors and regions of the state with precautions.
“We have a lot more work to do, but the work of our testing task force has been very, very successful,” Newsom said during his daily coronavirus news conference. “Particularly in not only addressing the needs in the aggregate, but beginning to focus our testing strategies in a much more strategic way, specifically focusing on rural areas … and on inner cities.”
The website features locations of three different testing providers, but not hospitals or clinics.
“As testing continues to ramp up at a rapid pace across the state, we want to make sure Californians know how to schedule an appointment, which can easily be done online for many locations,” said Dr. Charity Dean of the Department of Public Health and co-chair of the state COVID-19 Testing Task Force. “With the launch of new community testing sites, and significantly expanded testing criteria, more Californians will be tested—and in locations much closer to their homes.”
As of Tuesday, May 12, the website covid19.ca.gov reported that more than 1,033,370 people had been tested in California. In addition, more than 2,847 people have died from the virus (a 2.8% increase), and the total number of cases in the Golden State stands at 69,382 (a 2.1% increase).