Los Angeles–Cal State LA is partnering with Los Angeles County and the Governor’s Office to open a new COVID-19 testing site to serve the local community and help stop the spread of the virus.
The new site at the Rongxiang Xu Bioscience Innovation Center expands the free testing services available to Los Angeles County residents in an effort to provide safe and accurate testing for COVID-19.
“We’re pleased to be partnering with Los Angeles County and the Governor’s Office on this important initiative,” said Cal State LA President William A. Covino. “This testing site allows Cal State LA to use its resources during this pandemic to help protect the health and safety of the public.”
The initiative was championed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, who announced the new testing site Friday during a news conference at the center, located at the southern gateway of the university. Solis thanked Cal State LA for taking part in the collaboration.
“This partnership is a testament to the role colleges and universities have in our society and their commitment to helping us get around COVID-19,” said Solis, whose First Supervisorial District includes the university. “Many of our hardest-working families are either uninsured or underinsured and don’t normally seek access to health care, which is why increasing access to COVID-19 testing sites remains one of my top priorities.”
Testing will be available at the Cal State LA site from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, by appointment only. People can schedule appointments through the Los Angeles County COVID-19 testing website. Those who do not have access to the Internet may call 2-1-1 and speak with an operator about testing.
Unlike at drive-up sites, visitors to the Cal State LA testing site will walk inside the building to receive the test. Parking is now permitted on the west side of Paseo Rancho Castilla for testing site visitors only.
Free testing is available to eligible Los Angeles County residents. Priority for same- or next-day testing is given to people with COVID-19 symptoms and certain critical front-line workers who interact with the public while working.
The new testing site is a joint effort of Cal State LA, Supervisor Solis, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and Governor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Emergency Services.
The Rongxiang Xu Bioscience Innovation Center will soon house the Cal State LA BioSpace Incubator, a key component of the university’s initiative to promote venture creation and inclusive entrepreneurship for the bioscience industry in the heart of Los Angeles.