County, Rady Children’s to Test 2,000 Daily for COVID-19

SAN DIEGO, CA - The County and Rady Children’s Hospital today launched a new initiative to test up to 2,000 children and their families daily for COVID-19 over the next six months.

Developed with the support of the County’s T3 Strategy of test, trace and treat, the COVID Collaborative for Children will include testing at Rady hospital, clinics, as well as at the locations of Rady’s health care partners.

Rady Children’s Hospital officials said children and their parents can get a test during wellness visits at the facility or its affiliated pediatric primary care offices. The hospital also will test its entire staff.

The goal is to start with about 400 tests daily and ramp up over the next six weeks to about 2,000 tests a day. The tests will be free to all participants. Children are automatically covered under state law. Costs for adults without insurance will be paid by the County.

“COVID-19 is not a disease that only impacts older adults,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Pediatric cases have been reported in San Diego County.”

Of the nearly 7,000 COVID-19 cases in the region, 5.6% or 391 cases have been reported in children and teenagers. Also, about 52% of the cases were in people between 20 and 49 years of age.

Wooten added that it is important to offer testing to families because there have been reports of children who had COVID-19 but lacked symptoms, leaving them in a position where they could unknowingly spread the virus.

CAL FIRE and the San Diego County Fire Authority announced six more dates when testing will be offered in rural communities.

Drive-up testing sites will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in five communities. An appointment is necessary, and you can make one by calling 2-1-1. The sites will be on:

June 1 & 2:   San Diego County Library, 1275 Main St., Ramona, CA 92065

June 3:         San Diego County Library: 31466 Hwy 94, Campo, CA 91906

June 4:         Pauma Valley School, 33158 Cole Grade Rd., Pauma Valley, CA 92061

June 5:         San Diego County Library, 3407 Hwy 78, Julian, CA 92036

June 6:         CAL FIRE Monte Vista HQ, 2249 Jamacha Rd., El Cajon, CA 92019

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