The City is dedicated to taking initiative in efforts to protect and prevent further spreading of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The City was approached by Riverside County to use Diamond Stadium for COVID-19 Drive-Up testing. The facility is managed and operated by the Riverside University Health System Public Health Department.
On Sunday, March 22, the City was notified that the testing facility at Diamond Stadium is being expanded into a Community-Based Testing Site (CBTS). CBTS are California state directed, and federally supported testing centers. As such, testing has been expanded to anyone within 50 miles of the City of Riverside. Appointments can now be made online or over the phone. More details below. Read the County of Riverside's Press Release regarding the expansion of this testing facility.
Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium, widely recognized as a regional community asset due to its location and size, has served to support first responders and community support agencies in the past during emergencies. At the facility, significant steps will be taken to protect the community during operations including requiring participants to remain in their vehicles at all times.
Riverside County health officials are encouraging western Riverside County residents who have symptoms and are concerned they could have coronavirus (COVID-19) to get tested at a drive-up facility set up at the Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore. Testing will occur Sunday - Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. until the need or supplies are met.
Community-Based Testing Site (CBTS) at Diamond Stadium
Location of Testing: Diamond Stadium (in Lot C)
Responsible Agency: Riverside University Health System Public Health Department & State of California
When: Began Saturday, March 21 and extending on a weekly basis for the foreseeable future, until supplies or the need is met.
Testing Hours: Weekly, Sunday - Thursday until the need or supplies are met.
9:30 am.. to 3:00 p.m. (by appointment only, drive-ups without an appointment will be turned away)
How: As of April 17, testing is now available to anyone. You do not have to be exhibiting any symptoms. However, you must have an appointment to be tested. You can make an appointment by calling (800) 945-6171 (with or without symptoms) or online for testing at Diamond Stadium at www.projectbaseline.com/study/covid-19 (must have symptoms and successfully be screened online).
Road Closures & Levee Access:
In order to accommodate increased traffic related to the Testing Facility, the City will be closing Diamond Drive from Campbell to Malaga Road. In addition, Malaga Road will be closed from Diamond Drive to Pete Lehr Dr. When possible, some of the roadway will be partially reopened. A closure and detour map has been created for the community, particularly residents of the Summerly neighborhood.
The levee remains open. However, there is limited pedestrian access to the Levee and Summerly Community Park during COVID-19 testing hours at Diamond Stadium (i.e. Sunday- Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) Residents are discouraged from using the Levee or Summerly Community Park during these testing hours for their safety. Regular and vehicular access will be available outside testing hours.
Other County Testing Facilities:
As of April 22, 2020, there will be five testing facilities in Riverside County. Below is a list of locations and hours of operation. As of April 17, 2020, anyone (with or without symptoms) can now be tested. But, you must have an appointment. You can make an appointment by calling (800) 945-6171 (with or without symptoms) or online for testing at Diamond Stadium at projectbaseline.com/coronavirus (online appointments are still screened and must have symptoms to get an appointment online).
- Lake Elsinore: Diamond Stadium Drive Up Testing, Sunday - Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Perris: Perris Fairgrounds, Tuesday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Riverside: Harvest Christian Fellowship Church, Tuesday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Indio: Riverside County Fairgrounds, Tuesday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Eight Additional State Testing Sites: On May 5, 2020, the County announced the addition of 8 more testing sites to be opened and managed by the State. This increases the county’s total testing capacity to more than 3,200 per day. Expanded testing is one of the criteria that state will use to decide to how to ease restrictions on businesses. To date, Riverside County has been a leader in testing surpassing most of Southern California counties in terms of the percentage of population tested. Appointments are required.
These locations are as followed:
- Riverside: Jurupa Valley Fleet Center, Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Perris: Mead Valley Community Center, Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Perris: Moses Schaffer Community Center, Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Norco: Nellie Weaver Hall, Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Mecca: Mecca Boys and Girls Club, Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Desert Hot Springs: Lozano Community Center, Tuesday - Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Beaumont: Noble Creek Community Center, Tuesday - Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Hemet: Valle Vista Community Center, Tuesday - Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Appointments can be made online by going to https://lhi.care/covidtesting or those without internet access can call 888-634-1123. Testing is available for everyone, regardless of insurance or immigration status, and is no cost to the resident.
Read the press release announcement: State testing sites to open in Riverside County
Riverside Drive-Up Testing Facility (call 800-945-6171 for an appointment)
Two Additional Walk-Up Testing Sites Open: On May 18, 2020, the County announced the opening of two additional testing facilities. These new sites are walk-up sites instead of the previously seen drive-thru sites. The County's goal is to test as many people as possible in order to get a more accurate understanding of the Coronavirus pandemic. Anyone is able to be tested at these sites whether they have symptoms or not. No out of pocket payments will be required, but you will be asked for your health insurance information. If you do not provide this information, you will still be allowed to be tested. However, you must have an appointment in order to get tested.
These walk-up sites are as follows:
- Moreno Valley: Crossword Christian Church, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Cathedral City: Cathedral City Public Library, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Read the press release announcement: Two new walk-up coronavirus testing sites opened in Riverside County
For more information, FAQs, and updates on COVID-19 in Riverside County, please visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus or call 2-1-1.
Riverside University Health System Public Health Department's Press Releases:
- Initial Announcement of Testing Site - Thursday, March 19, 2020
- Expanded Community-Based Testing Site (CBTS) - Sunday, March 22, 2020
- Third drive-up COVID-19 testing site opens in Riverside - Monday, March 30, 2020
- Testing for coronavirus expanded to residents without symptoms - Friday, April 17, 2020
- State testing sites to open in Riverside County, Tuesday, May 5, 2020
City of Lake Elsinore Press Releases:
- Local Emergency Declaration & Announcement of Testing Facility - Thursday, March 19, 2020