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Posted on: September 4, 2020

Tracking coronavirus: Testing at Anaheim Convention Center continues through November

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2020) — After two successful months of operating a no-cost, drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim has partnered with the county of Orange to extend public testing through November.

The city approved an extension contract with the county and operator 360 Clinic this week through Nov. 6, 2020. Since its launch in July, the site has performed more than 15,000 tests.

Testing is offered Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only for those experiencing symptoms, essential workers or those who have had exposure risk.

“As Orange County’s largest city, Anaheim is meeting the challenge of coronavirus,” Mayor Harry Sidhu said. “As we head toward gradual reopening of our county and our city, testing will be critical to ensure those who are sick don’t unknowingly spread the virus to others. I’m proud Anaheim has stepped up to host this site in our city.”

Testing is contact-free and self-administered inside vehicles. Appointments can be made online at, with medical assessments done by doctors and nurses.

For those with insurance, insurers will be billed with no out-of-pocket cost for those being tested. For those without insurance, federal funding will cover the cost of testing.

Testing is available for:

  • People with symptoms
  • Healthcare workers and first responders
  • Residents and employees of skilled nursing and other group living facilities
  • Essential workers: grocery, restaurant, food supply, utility, school and public employees
  • Those who have had close contact (15 minutes or more within 6 feet) to someone known or suspected to have COVID-19

The testing site is on the west side of Anaheim Convention Center, in a surface parking lot and parking structure off West Street south of Katella Avenue.

The site is able to provide about 1,000 tests each day. Appointments are made available in 48 hour windows.

Those with appointments will enter from West Street south of Katella. They will remain in their vehicles throughout the entire process, with windows rolled up except when receiving and returning testing materials.

While testing appointments will be spread out throughout the day, patients should expect some wait time as vehicles make their way through the testing site.

Residents in the area will see additional traffic on West Street but no added public health risk.

Those being tested will not be out in the open, and staff will be wearing protective medical gear. Tests are processed offsite.

There are minor traffic impacts on West Street. Residents and commuters are advised to avoid or limit travel on West Street from Katella Avenue to Orangewood Avenue for their own convenience.

The testing site is part of Anaheim’s ongoing efforts to address the coronavirus crisis, in partnership with the county of Orange.

The county of Orange is paying for the testing with federal coronavirus aid funds, and Anaheim is providing the location at no charge, along with logistical and traffic support.

To make an appointment please visit For questions, call (800) 446-8888.

For more on Anaheim’s responds to the coronavirus crisis, visit

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