Testing Information

Riverside County is calling on residents to get tested for coronavirus to continue to help slow the spread, as well as help the county advance to the state's next tier of business reopening.

Those with and without symptoms are encouraged to get tested, as well as younger people who traditionally have not gotten screened at the same rate as other groups.

The County is currently in Tier 1 - Widespread, with most restrictive regulations. In order to advance to Tier 2, which allows for indoor operations at restaurants, gyms, museums and places of worship, the county needs to increase the number of residents being tested. The metrics required to move to the next tier are:

  • Daily new cases per 100k residents of 7 or fewer
  • Test postivity rate of less than 8%

We are very close to moving ahead! But due to the lack of residents getting tested, our numbers get adjusted higher in the state's calculation.

CLICK HERE To track our county's progress and learn more. 

Coronavirus tests for active infections slows the spread of the disease by identifying infected individuals who can then be isolated as well as their close contacts. This process disrupts the disease, slows the spread of the disease and preserves space in our acute care hospitals. 

Residents should get tested for the active virus (PCR tests). Antigen or antibody testing does not contribute to identifying individuals who should isolate or help the county advance to less restrictive reopening tiers.

Testing is open to anyone, whether you have symptoms or not, and there are no out-of-pocket costs to individuals. You must have an appointment to get tested. CLICK HERE for a list of FREE testing site locations. To make an appointment at a county testing site, call 800-945-6171 or visit gettested.ruhealth.org.


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