Riverside County COVID-19 testing

October 13, 2020
Kim Wilcox, Deborah Deas, and Rodolfo Torres
October 13, 2020

Dear UCR Community,

Riverside County Public Health is strongly encouraging UCR employees who are residents of Riverside County to be tested for COVID-19.

While Riverside County has the capacity to test about 4,000 people each day at its testing sites, less than half that number are being tested at this time. 

Recently Riverside County entered the next tier of the state’s reopening plan after meeting the criteria for positivity and case rates. 

Riverside County Public Health is recommending all county residents, including those without symptoms, to get tested in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, maximize its testing capacity, and reduce the likelihood of falling back to a more restrictive tier. 

To find locations and make an appointment for a free COVID-19 test visit http://gettested.ruhealth.org. Results are usually made available within 72 hours. We suggest that UCR employees, in particular those who are regularly coming to campus, take advance of this resource through Riverside County. 

For essential employees working in high-density settings, who are strongly recommended to receive asymptomatic testing twice per week, please work with your supervisor to ensure that you are able to use up to two of your regularly scheduled work hours for each COVID-19 test. Essential employees shall include UCPD, Residential Life staff, Housing & Dining staff (including students), Facilities staff working in high-density areas, Environmental Health & Safety, Information Technology Services, Office of Emergency Management, Planning, Design & Construction, Early Childhood Services, Transportation & Parking Services, and Intercollegiate Athletics; and upon appropriate notification to represented groups.

For UCR employees who are not residents of Riverside County, COVID-19 testing sites throughout California can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/get-tested.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19.