Correction: The appointment link for the two new COVID-19 testing sites is vc.fulgentgenetics.com.
As the COVID-19 surge races on in Ventura County, two drive-thru testing sites capable of swabbing 2,000 people a day will open Tuesday in Moorpark and Oxnard.
County officials announced Friday that the three-lane sites will be at Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, and outside a Ventura County Human Services Agency building at 1400 Vanguard Drive in Oxnard. The sites will offer free PCR tests with results expected in 48 hours.
The sites won't offer rapid antigen tests with same-day results.
The high-capacity sites are part of the county's response to rising demands for tests that have inundated swab sites and are driven by the surge of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. On Friday, the county's infection rate again set a new record with a daily average of 227.8 cases per 100,000 people, more than double the rate nine days ago. Nearly 25% of the people being tested are coming up positive.
Hospitalizations continue to rise with 311 COVID-19 patients receiving care across the county on Friday. Seven more deaths were reported, raising the county's tally to 1,229.
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The county is contracting Fulgent Genetics to run the two new sites. The new venues will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and will begin their normal 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. schedule on Wednesday. The sites will be open every day of the week except Mondays.
Appointments are requested, though people who show up without appointments won't be turned away, officials said. An appointment website at vc.fulgentgenetics.com is expected to go live Friday night.
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Several other state testing sites are planned. Information on all test sites can be found at venturacountyrecovers.org/coronavirus-testing/.
The need for tests has spiked everywhere, prompting the deployment of California National Guard troops to help staff sites across the state. In Ventura County, National Guard teams are stationed at six locations, working on traffic control and handing out test kits.
"It's whatever the staff at the sites need us to do," Lt. Ryan Ziegler said Thursday at a Thousand Oaks testing site. "We'll be here as long as we need to."
Anthony Plascencia contributed to this report.
Tom Kisken covers health care and other news for the Ventura County Star. Reach him at email@example.com or 805-437-0255.
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