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1910 - Filming of D.W. Griffith's "Ramona" with Mary Pickford - first known movie shot in SCV - wraps after 2 days at Rancho Camulos [story]
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As part of its response plan to combat the novel coronavirus, Kaiser Permanente has opened drive-up testing sites for its members who have met the necessary criteria, officials said.

Kaiser will not disclose details of their pilot “drive-up” test centers but they have opened at many locations in Southern California, according to spokeswoman Chelsi Schriver.

In the Santa Clarita Valley, Kaiser has three medical offices. Operations have also started in Northern California, with at least one testing center open in San Francisco.

Site addresses — or their hours of operations and how many tests are conducted or available daily — are not released due to the privacy of Kaiser members, Schriver added.

“They are private and we stress the need to protect the privacy of members and staff who participated,” she said via email.

The setup of the drive-up testing sites “enable(s) Kaiser Permanente to safely test patients who may have COVID-19 in accordance with public health authority guidelines while providing full protection for our staff and minimizing potential COVID-19 exposure at Kaiser Permanente medical centers and in the community,” said Dr. David Witt, an infectious disease specialist with the health care company.

Because COVID-19 screenings are currently limited, high-risk patients who meet the Centers for Disease Control criteria for testing and have received a doctor’s order are eligible for free testing, according to a Kaiser FAQ on its website.

How it works

A Kaiser patient must first be evaluated and receive confirmation from a physician to get screened. If ordered, the patient should receive pre-arranged information about a drive-up testing clinic’s location and time.

Medical staff would then greet the patient and “get necessary specimens for COVID-19 testing while the patient remains in their car,” said Witt.

Test results are expected to take anywhere between one to seven days, depending on the lab tasked with processing information, according to Kaiser.

After drive-up testing, patients are instructed to return home and self-isolate while monitoring any symptoms as they wait for test results.

If someone is concerned about having been exposed to the virus and is presenting symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, cough and shortness of breath), they are advised to call the Appointment and Advice Call Center number on their Kaiser ID card, officials said.

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L.A. County Thursday: 4,045 Cases;  At Least 78 in SCV
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed 13 new deaths and 534 new cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with at least 78 cases reported to date in the Santa Clarita Valley. As of Thursday, the county has confirmed 65 active cases in the city of Santa Clarita, 4 in Castaic, 5 in Stevenson Ranch and between 1 and 4 each in unincorporated areas of Acton, Canyon Country, Saugus and Valencia (areas with populations fewer than 25,000 where the number of cases is “suppressed” by the county citing privacy reasons), bringing the SCV total to at least 78.
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