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Orange County health officials urge continued testing for COVID-19

County of Orange public health officials continue to encourage residents to get tested for COVID-19 to help slow the spread of the virus until vaccines become more widely available.

“While our capacity has significantly increased, recent data show that the number of tests performed is declining,” said Dr. Clayton Chau, County Health Officer and Director of the OC Health Care Agency (HCA). “It’s still uncertain if those of us who are vaccinated can transmit COVID-19, so our community members cannot let down their guard. People are still getting infected, as our daily case counts show. The majority of our county population of 3.2 million people is still waiting to be vaccinated. As we begin opening more schools, youth sports and entertainment venues, it is crucial that we stay the course to protect each other.”

Testing remains a critical component of the County’s strategy to reduce viral transmission. When first developed, testing was limited and many residents had to wait to experience symptoms before qualifying. Today, the County and its community partners have a robust network in place that makes no-cost testing easily accessible.

“The HCA is committed to ensuring that those who live or work in Orange County have convenient access to safe and accurate COVID-19 testing, which is an important step to support early detection and prevent the spread of the virus and its possible variants here in Southern California,” said Dr. Margaret Bredehoft, Deputy Agency Director of Public Health Services.

At-home COVID-19 nostril and saliva test kits are available at no cost to those who live and work in OC. To place an order, please visit ochealthinfo.com/covidtest. Kits ordered online are delivered within 24-48 hours and return shipping is pre-paid. Results are available within 24-48 hours from receipt of the specimen.

The article above was released by the Orange County Health Care Agency.