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COVID-19 Testing Site Opens Friday in Desert Hot Springs

Posted by City of Desert Hot Springs on May 5, 2020 1:23:16 PM



The test site opening date has been changed from May 6 to May 8, 2020. The text below has been updated to reflect that change.




Riverside County has announced that a coronavirus testing center will open in Desert Hot Springs on Friday, May 8, 2020.


The new site is among eight new testing sites to be opened by the state beginning on Wednesday, and will be located here:


Lozano Community Center

12-800 West Arroyo      

Desert Hot Springs


Operating hours are Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but you must make an appointment. Appointments can be made online by going to . Those without internet access can call 888-634-1123. Up to 132 people per day can be tested at the site.


Testing is free and available for everyone, regardless of insurance or immigration status. You do not have to have any symptoms of coronavirus to be tested. 


“One of our key initiatives is to test as many people as possible and these new sites, combined with the testing we have already been able to complete through our county-run locations, will provide a good measure of what is happening with the spread of coronavirus,” said Kim Saruwatari, director of Riverside University Health System - Public Health.


“Testing is a top priority of Riverside County and the State of California, and I am pleased with this incredible partnership with the state to expand testing,” said Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “I am particularly glad we will have testing sites in Desert Hot Springs and Mecca, two communities with high need and essential workers on the front lines. Testing is for everyone, regardless of immigration status, and it is free.  I encourage everyone to make an appointment, get tested and help our county and state continue to make progress on this crucial aspect of our coronavirus efforts.”


Riverside County leads the state in testing among other more populous counties, having tested more than two percent of the population. The number of confirmed cases in Riverside County is partly connected to the larger percentage of testing. 


More information on additional testing sites in Riverside County is here:


Mead Valley Senior Center                    
21091 Rider St., Suite 102                    
Perris, CA 92570                                        


Nellie Weaver Hall

3737 Crestview

Norco, CA 92860

Moses Schaffer Community Center   
21565 Steele Peak                              
Perris, CA 92570                                       


Mecca Boys & Girls Club

91391 66th Ave.

Mecca, CA 92254


Jurupa Valley Fleet Center                    
5293 Mission Boulevard                                      
Riverside, CA 92509


The following locations will be open Tuesday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

Lozano Community Center                 
12-800 West Arroyo                                
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240               


Noble Creek Community Center

390 W. Oak Valley Parkway

Beaumont, CA 92223


Valle Vista Community Center
43935 E. Acacia Ave.
Hemet, CA 92544


This is in addition to the four drive-up testing sites – Perris, Indio, Riverside and Lake Elsinore – that are operated by Riverside County health officials.


For more information, visit the County Public Health site HERE.


Or, visit our coronavirus updates page.

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