Dodger Stadium Testing Site Reopens For First Time Since May Amid Rising Covid Cases In L.A.

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Dodger Stadium Covid testing earlier in the pandemic
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Amid rising infection numbers in Los Angeles, health-care startup Curative has re-launched its Covid testing site at Dodger Stadium, the company announced today.

The site began offering free, drive-thru PCR nasal tests on Monday. People can access the site by entering through the downtown Gate E entrance.

Curative previously partnered with Sean Penn’s CORE for a mass Covid testing site that operated during the pandemic, but Curative’s Pasquale Gianni said the new site is operated by Curative alone.

The site is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, with a brief closure from noon to 12:30 p.m. for lunch. On Tuesday afternoon, more than 400 appointment slots were available to book each day through Sunday.

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Test results are expected within one to two days of the swabs arriving at Curative’s labs.

Curative is an L.A.-based startup that, according to the L.A. Times, billed the city for $1 billion in testing before the FDA announced in January that the company’s oral swab test could produce false results. Curative later switched to a nasal swab test from Abbott Molecular which, according to a patient fact sheet linked to from the company’s site, is the test it’s still using.

The Dodger Stadium announcement comes two days after California quietly renewed its $1.7 billion contract with the large, troubled testing lab it launched with PerkinElmer last year.

The previous Dodger Stadium testing site was the largest in the United States during 2020, administering a million COVID-19 tests between May 2020 and January 2021. The site was transitioned into a mass-vaccination center on Jan. 15 and then ended operations at the end of May, as the city shifted more doses to appointment-free, walk-up vaccination sites and mobile clinics.

There’ll be plenty of room, since the Dodgers’ season ended with a loss to the Braves in the NLCS about two weeks ago,

In the last week of October, Covid test positivity rates and virus-related hospitalizations rose in Los Angeles and California for the first time in months. In Los Angeles last Thursday, county officials reported that test positivity had risen to 1.2% from a low of 0.7% on October 18. That may not seem like much, but it’s a 71% rise over 10 days in a measure that’s a 7-day average, which smooths out daily bumps. As of Tuesday, Los Angeles County’s rolling average daily rate of people testing positive was 1.3%, a hair short of a 100% rise since October 18.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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