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Local COVID-19 Testing Sites Are Seeing Longer Lines

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Above: A long line of people in their cars waiting to be tested for COVID-19 in a drive up COVID-19 testing site at the Kaiser Permanente in La Mesa on August 3, 2021.

A line wrapped around the Kaiser Permanente building in La Mesa Tuesday, with people waiting to get a COVID-19 test.

Evan Spurgeon was one of the many people waiting to get tested. The student had already been vaccinated, but he did come in contact with someone with the virus and he hasn’t been feeling well.

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“If I do have it, I do have high risk family members. I want to make sure that they’re ok,” Spurgeon said. “I’ve got a big week coming up, so I want to make sure that I’m not spreading COVID to my new roommates. I’m supposed to be traveling this week and I know the Delta variant is kind of a big deal.”

Kaiser Permanente members can receive free testing at any one of their four testing sites.

Dr. Aaron Lehman is a doctor at Kaiser Permanente and encouraged people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Throughout the month of July and now going into August, the testing rates of positive patients has gone up from 2%, now it’s up to 9 or 10%. Definitely worrisome and I think the medical community as a whole is concerned because we definitely were seeing great improvements,” Lehman said.

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There are 21 County testing sites that provide free COVID-19 testing and many sites do not require an appointment.

San Diego County is now the largest county in the state to not have a mask mandate. Sacramento, San Francisco and seven Bay Area Counties have joined Los Angeles to implement them.

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Melissa Mae
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