Health Department Will Open COVID-19 Testing Site for West Hollywood

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will open a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) drive-up testing site for West Hollywood on Monday.

The WeHo site, whose location has yet to be announced, will join 21 others across Los Angeles County.  Currently the closest site for West Hollywood residents is at the VA Hospital six miles to the west.

“We’re grateful to our partners at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health for expanding testing options and to the medical providers who are helping to connect residents to testing,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “West Hollywood is doing everything we can to get more test kits and more testing locations into the community.  We’re sending a huge thank you to the healthcare workers, first responders, and essential workers caring for those in our community and are showing our support of their commitment by lighting the lanterns above Santa Monica Boulevard blue in their honor.”

Those who want to be tested must apply online or call 2-1-1 to reach operators who can assist with online registration by determining eligibility. Online appointments are not yet available on the West Hollywood site but will be by Monday. Testing is available only to those who have symptoms of a COVID-19 infection, which include coughing, fever, feeling very tired and/or difficulty breathing, and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Are 65 or older.
  • Have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, chronic lung disease, and moderate to severe asthma. Also included are people who are immunocompromised, including as a result of cancer treatment.
  • Are in the first week of a mandatory 14-day quarantine because they have been exposed to an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

More details about the testing process can be found on the Health Department’s website.

On March 16, the City of West Hollywood declared a local emergency and begin to take steps locally to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on WeHo residents and businesses. Information about city programs and services can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

RENTERS RESOURCES Information on the City’s Moratorium on Evictions and resources for Rental and Utility Assistance
RESIDENT RESOURCES Access social services, mental health resources, and utility assistance 
UTILITY ASSISTANCE Contact information and resources to utility companies
SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES State and Federal Assistance programs for Small Business
LABOR AND WORKFORCE RESOURCES Unemployment, funds, and other resources for workers affected
OLDER ADULT RESOURCES Transit, food insecurity and other programs for aging community members
FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN Resources and programs for families with children
LA COUNTY “SAFER AT HOME” EMERGENCY ORDER Information regarding LA County’s “Safer at Home” Emergency Order
TESTING INFORMATION Information regarding LA County’s guidelines on testing for COVID-19
HOW TO HELP How you can help the community during this crisis
NEWS AND UPDATES Important updates and press releases regarding COVID-19
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) Find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19

f you or someone you know develops COVID-19 symptoms – such as fever, shortness of breath, or dry cough – call (do not immediately visit) a healthcare provider to determine next steps. Your healthcare provider may also have access to testing.

The city is advising residents to adhere to the Los Angeles County Safer at Home and California State Stay at Home orders and asks that . The city urges everyone to stay in place, maintain your space, and cover your face. Leave home only for essential needs; always use social distancing of at least six feet; and follow guidelines to use cloth face coverings such as bandanas or scarves so that medical masks, which are in short supply, are prioritized for health professionals.

West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. All public city buildings, playgrounds, and facilities are closed. City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the city’s website at www.weho.org.

The City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus and residents can follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram for  up-to-date information.

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Vigilant
Vigilant
2 years ago

This may be good news to many people but instead of watching and waiting for another shoe to drop, folks can proactively initiate measures for themselves. Time to evaluate one’s personal health profile and delve into methodologies that one can access through common sense rather than pharmacology. The biotech industry presumes to have a remedy for nearly everything until they don’t. It’s a gamble. While on their endless journey. many become permanently attached to or addicted to remedies without ever adjusting their own physicality. It’s a gamble. They never read about side effects or appear to take them seriously. It’s… Read more »

Karen Eyres
Karen Eyres
2 years ago

As of this morning, 4/13, the closest testing site is at Cedars-Sinai, 8730 Alden Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90059. Testing available only to those experiencing symptoms (fever, difficulty breathing) 65+ years old. Appointment must be made for the test.

I checked the County website today, and found that no appointments for testing are currently available for symptomatic people under the age of 65. Hopefully, this will change soon.

Eric Jon Schmidt
Eric Jon Schmidt
2 years ago

Great news!

Vigilant
Vigilant
2 years ago

Folks might choose to be alert to this virus as this won’t likely end for us until it ends for everyone. Samantha Power , Former US Ambassador to the UN and Fellow at the Kennedy School at Harvard wrote this simple stunning article today.

Yesterday I spoke with a colleague from Mongolia who explained what immediate , effective action the country took.

.https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/wont-end-anyone-until-it-ends-everyone?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BIN_2020-04-09%20(1)&utm_content=&spMailingID=23118908&spUserID=NTk4NzcyNzMyOTY0S0&spJobID=1720448041&spReportId=MTcyMDQ0ODA0MQS2

Blueeyedboy
Blueeyedboy
2 years ago
Reply to  Vigilant

Samantha Power (the author) is conveniently ignoring certain truths for clearly partisan advantage: 1. Obama failed to restock the strategic national stockpile after H1N1 when it was depleted. 2. Obama waited months to declare H1N1 a national emergency. A thousand Americans had already died, and the WHO had called it a pandemic months before he got around to addressing it. 3. Obama never implemented any travel bans and 12,000 Americans died. Trump was first called a racist when he called for travel bans from China, and was later criticized for not doing it two days sooner. 4. There were very… Read more »

Vigilant
Vigilant
2 years ago
Reply to  Blueeyedboy

Now who did you say is pushing the partisan line? There is so much more to this complex issue, it’s unfortunate that you have missed it.

Vigilant
Vigilant
2 years ago
Reply to  Blueeyedboy

Dear Mr. Blueeyedboy, although I didn’t recall the exact facts of the issue you used as an example, I did spend a few minutes this morning to research them. You my want to do the same. Facts matter, critical thinking matters, having an education commensurate with the position you seek or hold matters. Additionally, it’s clear that Samantha Powers can stand on her own two feet. Mr. Trump unfortunately, to the detriment of the nation, is still relying on the “bone spur” excuse, multiple variations of which, he has used throughout his life. Mr. Trump neither reads nor is a… Read more »

Observer
Observer
2 years ago
Reply to  Blueeyedboy

I heard that Obama was responsible for the sinking of the Titanic.

Blueeyedboy
Blueeyedboy
2 years ago
Reply to  Observer

Vigilant and Observer, what I presented is black and white, not opinion. Your response to me is ad hominem. You’re suggesting that accomplishment, education, and articulation makes one immune from blatant partisanship and bias. Very smart people often want power and they will do what they have to do to get it and keep it. They will lie, misrepresent and manipulate those who are eager to believe them, and that’s what I’m saying Samantha Power has done.

Vigilant
Vigilant
2 years ago
Reply to  Blueeyedboy

Accuracy is important. I erred in one word. “Facts matter, critical thinking matters, having an education commensurate with the position you (should have read ‘one seeks’)seek or hold.” This was not an ad hominem statement as I was speaking broadly and then made reference to Mr. Trump to whom it applies. As for the “facts” you assert regarding H1N1, according to many credible sources they are incorrect. It is interesting to read the progression and false claims as I indeed learned additional information. As for very smart people, it seems as if it would be counterproductive to lie, misrepresent or… Read more »

Blueeyedboy
Blueeyedboy
2 years ago
Reply to  Vigilant

Vigilant, you still haven’t provided any evidence to counter my claims. Many people, and particularly politicians, advance only that information that is going to be useful to their cause and will misrepresent anything that gets in the way. I’ve seen Samantha Powers interviewed many times and she is arrogant and slick. Whatever her level of education it is immaterial to integrity and the strategy and means she may use to reach the desired end. She, as with too many people in politics, counts on the general population having a “side” they prefer and then they merely confirm their bias. Those… Read more »

Vigilant
Vigilant
2 years ago
Reply to  Blueeyedboy

Although you may be speaking for yourself, you are not capable of speaking for me, knowing my thoughts or how I arrive at any reasoned opinion. This fencing match is useless since your main objective appears to be arbitrary, disruptive and a point with no point whatsoever. Unfortunately you may have missed the fork in the road and missed the main event, an article which may inspire or compel others to think. If you have a problem with Samantha Power, you might take it up with her personally.

“Good night and good luck” . ERM

Blueeyedboy
Blueeyedboy
2 years ago
Reply to  Vigilant

All my points were made in my first post, and I couldn’t have been clearer. I was anything BUT arbitrary and if you find it disruptive, well ….. If you want to challenge me on any of those points I am prepared to do that, but you have yet to provide any counter to anything I said. You say the article will inspire or compel others to think, but what if there is more to be said than what is in that article? Reading two sides would certainly compel thought as the reader weighs the value of each position and… Read more »

:dpb
:dpb
2 years ago

West Hollywood appointments are not yet available on the provided online site.

Former Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  :dpb

Thanks for the notification. I’ll update the story to state that. I think they will be on Monday.

Manju
Manju
2 years ago
Reply to  Former Staff

For those of us without cars, will it be possible to “walk-thru” at our appointed time?

Former Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Manju

Yes, with an appointment scheduled online

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