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Drive-up COVID-19 testing will be available at PIH Whittier starting Monday

WHITTIER — PIH Health Hospital in Whittier will offer drive-up COVID-19 testing starting Monday, officials announced. 

Any resident of Los Angeles County who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 is eligible for testing and can make an appointment through the website.  

“LA County is partnering with PIH Health to open a new drive-up COVID-19 testing site at their hospital in Whittier,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “Expanding our testing capacity and ensuring residents have easy access to testing is helping us understand the spread of this virus and will be critical to easing restrictions when that time comes. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you can make an appointment online for this new site in Whittier or at any of the dozens of testing sites established across LA County.”

Testing will occur in the hospital’s parking lot located at Pacific Place and Putnam Street with an entrance on Pacific Place.  The site will run Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

“PIH Health is pleased to be working with Hahn and Los Angeles County to enhance the accessibility of COVID-19 testing,” said James R. West, PIH Health president and chief executive officer. “Increased testing will help us to flatten the curve by identifying who needs to isolate and seek treatment.”

Individuals who make appointments will stay in their cars for tests. The test is a self-administered oral swab, meaning clients must swab their own mouths/throats by following the instructions provided to them on-site. The testing process will take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. However, waiting times may vary depending on the time of day. Results will be provided to the individual via email or phone within two to three days.

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