Watsonville covid-19 testing
A diagnostic testing site for the novel coronavirus run by OptumServe opened May 7, 2020 at Ramsay Park’s Family Center in Watsonville. On Wednesday, it will move to 500 Westridge Drive. — contributed

WATSONVILLE—The Covid-19 community testing site at Ramsay Park in Watsonville is now open to all residents of Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

First opened to frontline healthcare workers, first responders and employees working in essential services and roles, the site will now test everyone, including those without symptoms, and has the capacity to conduct up to 132 tests per day. 

County spokesman Jason Hoppin on Monday said the site has conducted 821 tests since opening on May 7.

“Obviously, the demand is high,” Hoppin said.

A partnership between state officials, the Covid-19 Testing Task Force and OptumServe, the site is being coordinated by S.A.V.E. Lives Santa Cruz County, the four-phase initiative led by Margaret Lapiz that will work to safely reopen the county.

An appointment is still needed to receive a test. Appointments can be made online at https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 1-888-634-1123. 

Walk-up or drive-through testing is not available.

Those without insurance will be tested free of charge.

The site is one of 80 established throughout California to be operated by OptumServe.

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Tony Nuñez is a longtime member of the Watsonville community who served as Sports Editor of The Pajaronian for five years and three years as Managing Editor. He is a Watsonville High, Cabrillo College and San Jose State University alumnus.


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