The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) will close its COVID-19 testing Super Sites at the OC Fair & Event Center and the Anaheim Convention Center on April 30, 2021.
The HCA will continue to make testing more accessible at no-cost through designated neighborhood sites and continue to offer at-home options that may be ordered online.
“When COVID-19 testing was first developed more than one year ago, availability was limited and many residents had to wait to experience symptoms before qualifying. While we’re pleased that the County of Orange was able to stand up these Super Sites to meet initial community need, we have a robust network in place today that makes no-cost testing easily accessible. One of the many testing options is our at-home test kit,” said Dr. Clayton Chau, County Health Officer and Director of the HCA.
No-Cost COVID-19 Testing Options Still Available in OC
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. Visitors to the website can also find a list of neighborhood testing locations.
Despite the COVID-19 Super Site closures, County health officials are encouraging residents to seek testing if they become exposed to or experience symptoms from COVID-19 in order to support early detection and prevent the spread of the virus and its possible variants here in Southern California.
“Even as more industries re-open, we must continue to be vigilant and utilize testing and non-medical preventative measures to protect those who have yet to be vaccinated,” said Dr. Margaret Bredehoft, Deputy Agency Director of Public Health Services. “Let’s continue to wash our hands often, wear our face masks and practice physical distancing. If you are not vaccinated, please register for an appointment through www.Othena.com. It’s as important as ever that we continue to do what we can to care for each other.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends waiting 3-7 days between potential exposure and testing. For more information about COVID-19, please visit ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus.