Need to get tested for COVID-19 but can’t find an at-home test and don’t know where to turn? Aside from asking your regular healthcare provider (if you have one), the following information may help. We try to update the list daily, so please note your mileage may vary when it comes to any of the following being accurate at the time you read this.
FREE HOME TEST KITS: The federal website to order free rapid coronavirus tests is live. There is a household limit of four tests, and there will be a wait to get them. Officials said tests will usually ship via the U.S. Postal Service within seven to 12 days. Note: Clicking on the link above is not a guarantee that the website will be working or that your order will actually be fulfilled.
COUNTY TESTING: To make an appointment at any of the free testing locations in Riverside County, visit this website.
PALM SPRINGS LIST: The city of Palm Springs offers this website with a list of all testing locations in the Coachella Valley, including major pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens, and health clinics in the city.
CURATIVE: This healthcare startup offers testing at multiple locations in the Coachella Valley and beyond, but appointments fill fast. You can check for openings and try to make an appointment at this website.
AIRPORT TESTING: A testing facility is located in the park and call lot on Kirk Douglas Way at Palm Springs International Airport, 3400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way. Its hours are listed as 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sundays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Appointments can be made at this site. With insurance, it’s free to get a test, and the results of those tests are promised within 48 hours. Rapid tests begin at $149 and results are said to be available within an hour. Appointments are also available at a Palm Desert location.
TESTING TENT: A tent set up outside Smoke Tree Village Shopping Center off East Palm Canyon Drive offers free testing with no appointment required, but is not there every day, so it’s best to go by and see if it’s there. You might also try calling the information number listed for the organization operating the tent at 619-372-0034 before heading to the location. More information about that organization is available here.
CATHEDRAL CITY KIOSK: A kiosk set up at Plaza Rio, 67908 Vista Chino in Cathedral City, is not currently taking walkups, according to its Curative page. The walkup line for the kiosk had recently been seen snaking throughout the entire parking lot.
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