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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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  1. Terry Meddock says:

    Hi, I’m a 67 year old man with a history of both pneumonia and interstitial lung disease and I lost my spleen in an accident I am also taking chemo meds for a type cancer in my blood and I also have. Within the last week I have had a temperature of 99.3 to 99.8, as well as a soar throat, and constant phlegm. I am a KAISER patient, so I would truly appreciate being considered for COVID-19 testing.
    Thank you

    Terry Meddock

  2. Cesar Carrazco says:

    I have all symptoms..when im dead its going to be to late to approve my test.

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