by Photo courtesy of San Diego County

No-cost influenza testing is now available to San Diego County residents at sites that formerly provided COVID-19 testing and certain treatment options. 

These appointments are being made available at no-cost state-wide as flu, and other respiratory illnesses are on the rise throughout the nation. These testing locations are funded through a California Department of Public Health Contract. 

“This is a great resource for our families, friends, and neighbors to conveniently find out if that cough, sneeze, or achy feeling is the flu or COVID-19 without making a trip to urgent care or an emergency department,” said Dr. Denise Foster, County chief nursing officer. “Those who test positive for COVID can immediately see a telehealth provider to discuss treatment. Those positive with flu can contact their medical provider to discuss the next steps, including treatment.” 

Seven locations throughout San Diego County are offering no-cost testing appointments. According to county health officials, these locations are open at various hours with at least one open every day of the week. 

Influenza cases in San Diego County slightly declined from 2,721 cases last week to 2,583 new lab-confirmed cases of influenza this week, according to the most recent report. By this time last year, 539 flu cases had been reported for the entire season.

Flu Testing sites include: 

  • Assessor-Recorder County Clerk Building, 200 S Magnolia Ave. El Cajon 
  • Former Boys and Girls Club, 1301 Oleander Ave, Chula Vista 
  • Former USD Electronics Recycling Center, 5330 Linda Vista Rd. San Diego 
  • Heart Revolution Church, 1920 Sweetwater Rd. National City 
  • Imperial Beach Sports Park Recreation Center, 425 Imperial Beach Blvd. Imperial Beach 
  • North Coastal Live Well Center, 3708 Ocean Ranch Blvd. Oceanside 
  • North Inland Live Well Center, 649 W. Mission Ave. Escondido

According to County Health Officials, appointments are recommended for the seven locations in San Diego County, although drop-ins can be accommodated. 

County officials strongly advise all residents to continue following health precautions, such as wearing a mask if able, particularly during indoor public gatherings, washing hands thoroughly and often, staying away from sick people, staying home, and avoiding contact with others when sick. 

For more information, visit the County’s COVID-19 website

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