COVID-19 testing site opens in Santa Monica on Saturday with 1,920 capacity – Daily News

A new COVID-19 testing site in Santa Monica with initial capacity to test up to 1,920 people daily will open Saturday morning as Los Angeles County reaches record-high COVID-19 cases.

The site — in the former Sears building at 302 Colorado Ave., near Fourth Street — will be open every day starting Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“In response to the overwhelming demand for testing, 911 COVID Testing is bolstering its capacity and launching a new mega-site in Santa Monica. We ultimately aim to accommodate the extremely high demand for testing brought forth by Omicron,” said Steve Farzam, Chief Operating Officer of 911 COVID Testing, which is operating the site.

People can get a free PCR test, with 24-48 hour turnaround time, or pay $95 for a rapid 15-minute antigen test or $155 for a priority 12-hour PCR test. Farzam added that most insurance companies reimburse customers for rapid antigen tests.

Los Angeles County reported a staggering 43,712 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, by far the highest single-day number from throughout the entire pandemic, while hospitalizations also continued climbing, although still well short of the peak set during last winter’s surge in infections.

The daily number of new cases broke a record set by the county just the day before when 37,215 cases were reported.

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