TESTING AVAILABILITY IS EXTREMELY LIMITED. AT THIS TIME, WAIT TIMES ARE EXTREMELY LONG - OVER THE PHONE - MORE THAN AN HOUR - FOR AN APPOINTMENT FOR TESTING. BE ASSURED MORE RESOURCES ARE COMING SO WE URGE THOSE INTERESTED IN TESTING TO BE PATIENT AND TO ONLY SEEK TESTING SHOULD REALLY NEED IT TO ALLOW THE COUNTY TO BEST SERVE US ALL. HANG IN THERE, BE SAFE AND AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, PLEASE, STAY HOME.
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 will be 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 driveup facility set up at the Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore. Testing will begin Saturday (March 21) and run through Sunday (March 22) by appointment only.
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.
Sunday - Thursday
9:30 am.. to 3:00 p.m. (by appointment only, drive-ups without an appointment will be turned away)
Requirements for Testing:
- You must have symptoms (some of the symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose or congestion), or those who have risk of exposure may also be tested, which means exposure to a confirmed case or have traveled to an affected area. AND
- You must call 800-945-6171 to schedule an appointment. Call wait times may vary. Drive-ups without appointments cannot be accommodated.
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. Pedestrian access will be allowed to the Levee and Summerly Community Park.
Other County Testing Facilities:
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
City of Lake Elsinore Press Releases:
- Local Emergency Declaration & Announcement of Testing Facility - Thursday, March 19, 2020