County expanding COVID testing capacity

By Zoë Strickland, Managing Editor, SoCoNews, September 9, 2021

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COVID-19 testing locations have increased following a recent spike in demand for testing.

According to Dr. Leslie Kimura, testing rates have increased by 88% in the past month.

“The demand for testing in our area is at levels that we haven’t seen since last winter when our COVID cases were peaking,” Kimura said.

Because of the increase in demand, Kimura said the county has increased testing capacity from 1,000 tests per week to 17,000 tests per week.

Increased demand comes on the heels of various health orders that say that certain people must either be vaccinated or be regularly tested, including health care workers, teachers, pharmacists, home health care workers, among others.

With the increased testing capacity comes the addition of a five-day Curative testing center at Windsor’s Bluebird Center and at the Rohnert Park Community Center beginning next week. Additionally, single-day LHI clinics will be open on Mondays at the Monte Rio Community Center and Tuesdays at Petaluma Valley Baptist Church.

Separate from the county’s increased testing capacity announcement, Cloverdale’s Alexander Valley Healthcare also announced new community testing availability on Thursdays from 2-6 p.m. Those who wish to sign up are asked to do so via myturn.ca.gov/.

Additional information about COVID-19 testing from the county can be found here.

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Where to get tested in west county

Monte Rio Community Center – LHI
20488 Hwy. 116, Monte Rio – Mondays, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Appointments are highly recommended. Visit lhi.care/covidtesting or call LHI at (888) 634-1123 to make an appointment.

West County Community Services – Curative
16390 Main Street, Guerneville – Wednesday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Walk-ins limited due to high demand. Appointment slots open 3-4 days in advance of each scheduled testing day. Visit cur.tv/west or call (888) 702-9042 to make an appointment.

West County High School – LHI
6950 Analy Ave, Sebastopol – Sundays, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Appointments are highly recommended. Visit lhi.care/covidtesting or call LHI at (888) 634-1123 to make an appointment.

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