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County of San Diego to offer free COVID-19 testing at The Center

County of San Diego to offer free COVID-19 testing at The Center

The San Diego LGBT Community Center in Hillcrest will serve as a County of San Diego coronavirus testing site. Testing will be available at this site Monday, June 1 and Monday, June 8 from 9 am to 3 pm.

The testing site will not accept walk-up visits, and appointments are required. Those interested in getting at this site should call 2-1-1 to make an appointment.

According to the County of San Diego Department of Public Health, there are two types of diagnostic tests for COVID-19. Both are generally done using a swab to get a sample from a person's nose or throat. The molecular test uses a method called PCR (polymerase chain reaction). It looks for genetic material in the sample. The other is an antigen test, which looks for specific proteins on the virus.

About 80% of people who get COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. Those who are sick with mild to moderate symptoms, should stay home and call their medical provider. A doctor will determine if a person should be tested, recover at home, or get further medical evaluation. Those who don’t have a medical provider, should call 2-1-1.

Those experiencing a medical emergency, such as difficulty breathing, chest pressure, new confusion, or dehydration, should call 9-1-1.

More information about coronavirus testing, including additional testing sites, is here.

The Center is located at 3909 Centre St. in Hillcrest.