University and community members in Redlands can take a free, single-day test for COVID-19 starting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 at University Hall.
The County of San Bernardino’s COVID-19 Response Team, the unit hosting this event, encourages everyone to take the test even if you do not exhibit symptoms. Face coverings are required at the site. More information and guidelines on testing can be found on the County’s Frequently Asked Questions page.
According to the page, the tests to be administered are called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). PCR is a diagnostic test that detects the “genetic materials” of the virus, according to the FDA. In other words, the test verifies whether or not you are currently infected, as opposed to an antibody test that checks your body’s response to the virus.
Students in the area looking to confirm that they are COVID-free before returning to their home community can take the test before making any traveling plans for Thanksgiving in the upcoming week.
However, getting tested is not a guarantee that your Thanksgiving plans are secured. Although the test itself only takes 10-15 minutes to conduct (excluding waiting time), the County indicates on its page that it may take anywhere from 48 hours to up to 3-5 business days to get your results back.
Precautions to prevent the spread of this virus should still be taken seriously, as advised by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Visit https://sbcovid19.com/testing-sites to make an appointment or call (909) 387-3911 for questions regarding scheduling. The county notes that “walk-ins are accepted while supplies last.”