Rite Aid expands COVID-19 testing sites as officials work to increase testing in communities of color

Rite Aid is expanding its COVID-19 testing capacity with nearly 100 sites opening today across California, including more than a dozen locations in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

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While the death rate may be declining, the rate at which people are testing positive and getting infected with COVID-19 is not.

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This comes as the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health expands coronavirus testing sites, especially in lower-income neighborhoods and in communities of color. 


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Calling the most recent data distressing and disheartening, LA County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer announced more testing sites will open in communities of color where the rate of infection is disproportionately high.

Testing will be available by appointment for people 18 years of age or older, regardless of whether the person is experiencing symptoms, according to Rite Aid. Results are expected in three to five days, a company spokesperson said.

The following RIte Aid locations in Southland will begin providing testing starting Thursday:
   • 1208 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Gardena;
   • 107 S. Long Beach Blvd., Compton;
   •  2059 S. Garey Ave., Pomona;
   • 1035 N. Magnolia Ave., Anaheim;
   • 1700 W. Whittier Blvd,, La Habra;
   • 9333 Whittier Blvd., Pico Rivera;
   • 8447 Alondra Blvd., Paramount;
   • 2300 Harbor Blvd. Suite G, Costa Mesa;
   • 30551 Gateway Place, Rancho Mission Viejo;
   • 1356 West Avenue J, Lancaster;
   • 37950 47th Street E., Palmdale;
   • 13803 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar;
   • 1038 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; and
   • 11321 National Blvd., Los Angeles.

The sites will utilize self-swab nasal tests overseen by Rite Aid pharmacists and will operate weekdays from 10 a.m to 8 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Patients must provide government-issued ID, be at least 18 and pre-register online to schedule an appointment.

Click here to pre-register.