LA County Opens New COVID-19 Testing Site at WeHo’s Plummer Park

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The Los Angeles Department of Public Health has opened a new COVID-19 testing site at West Hollywood’s Plummer Park, located on the south parking lot, at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The pop-up testing clinic set up a kiosk and tent for privacy purposes this week, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. it will be open each week from Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tests are being administered by Fulgent Genetics.

The new WeHo COVID-19 testing site is open to everyone. LA County Residents can get tested for free. Health insurance is not a requirement. This is a walk-up site, so appointments are not required, however, appointments are highly encouraged and can be made by visiting: https://la.fulgentgenetics.com/appointment/screen/landing

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The public is also encourage to first call a doctor to get tested. If a person cannot get a test through a doctor, visit the Plummer Park location or make an appointment for a COVID-19 test. For more information visit: http://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing.

The test currently being offered is a PCR test to detect the virus that causes COVID-19, for the purposes of diagnosis and treatment. The test is a self-administered nasal swab test that can be completed in as little as 30 seconds. Here is a short video to help a person prepare for how to collect the sample. Check out the video below for details:
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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has developed a detailed website area with information about testing, including a three-minute FDA video: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidtests. LA County Public Health also offers guidance about what to do if you test positive for COVID-19: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidtests/#what-to-do-next.

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The Public Health Official at the new WeHo site tells WEHO TIMES that test results can take upwards of two days. The website projects that it typically takes 3-5 days.

Test results are sent electronically. Information provided when registering should be accurate and complete because this is what is used to contact with the results. The County has partnered with Healthvana for delivering results. Notification is done by email, text or by phone call. For more information please visit: https://healthvana.com/faq

While waiting for results, it is important that individuals remain at home in isolation until any fever has resolved and any other symptoms are significantly improved. For more information and resources, please visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus.

After getting tested people should:
  • Continue to wear a mask.
  • Remain at home and avoid contact with others for 14 days even if your test is negative.
  • Arrange for others to provide groceries, medicines, etc. whenever possible to avoid exposing others.
  • If you do not have someone to help you, arrange for food and other necessities to be left at your door. If you need help finding food or other necessities, call 211, or visit https://www.211la.org, or the Public Health resource webpage.
  • Visit http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov for more information and resources.

In addition to testing, getting vaccinated when eligible will help stem the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. Los Angeles County continues to urge patience as it works to expand capacity and supply of vaccines, which is currently limited. The vaccine will be offered to different groups of people at different times. When enough vaccine is ready, it will be offered to the general population. People coming to be vaccinated will be asked to verify they are in an eligible group.

Residents in all eligible groups may visit www.VaccinateLACounty.com to schedule appointments. Residents who do not have computer access may call (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. for assistance.

On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, the City of West Hollywood hosted a COVID-19 Vaccine Panel Discussion, which is posted for viewing on the City’s WeHoTV YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgxMx7Lk1Ho.

While the vaccine stops people from getting sick, it is not yet clear if it stops people from spreading COVID-19 to other people. It is also not yet known how long people will be immune. So, everyone must still wear a face covering, maintain physical distance, and avoid gathering outside of immediate households.

To ensure that people at higher risk of transmission and illness are vaccinated first, Los Angeles County has established a phased system. For details visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidvaccinedistribution.

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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