Due to continued high demand, the City of Irvine has again extended the time period for COVID-19 testing at the Great Park.
Irvine began to offer COVID-19 testing on July 13. On July 24, we added additional test appointments. Tonight, we agreed to have the testing program continue for an additional 30 days.
Testing is available for individuals who live or work in Irvine, regardless of whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic. Only PCR testing, which determines if someone currently has the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is available.
Testing is by appointment only and is available Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Lot 6 at the Great Park. There is no out of pocket fee for this COVID-19 testing.
In order to facilitate the registration process, please have the following information available:
- Insurance card, if you have insurance.
- Driver’s license or state ID.
- Proof of residence or employment in Irvine (i.e. any utility bill with Irvine address and your name or copy of pays tub from work with an Irvine address. If your pay stub lists a corporate address NOT in Irvine, please ALSO include some identifying document with your name and place of work in Irvine.
Once residency or employment verification is complete, you will receive an opportunity to select an appointment. This may take several days and participants will be processed in order of registration.
At the appointment, patients must remain in their vehicle, bring a driver’s license or photo ID, and registration confirmation. During the appointment, a licensed healthcare professional will be present during the self-administered nasal or oral swab test to collect the specimen to send to FDA-approved laboratories. Test results should be expected within three days after the appointment.
Tests will be conducted by Curogram and multiple medical laboratories, including Orange County based Pangea Laboratory. Curogram has worked with many other cities, including New York City and Atlanta, to provide COVID-19 testing.
The Orange County Great Park is located at 8000 Great Park Blvd. Lot 6 can be accessed via Marine Way and Skyhawk. Visit ocgp.org/maps for complete directions. Please note that GPS systems may not provide reliable directions.
For more information, please review the FAQ at cityofirvine.org/covid19testing.
As I have said before, while I am pleased to have authorized expanding these much-needed tests, Irvine should never have had to provide COVID-19 testing on its own. We are now doing so because of the failure of the federal government and Orange County Board of Supervisors to provide adequate COVID-19 testing.
Irvine does not have a public health officer or a public health department. We rely on Orange County to provide these critical services. The taxes we pay to the State of California for public health services go to Orange County, not the City of Irvine. Orange County received all of our CARES ACT funds from the federal government. But regarding COVID-19, we can not rely on Orange County.
The City of Irvine is providing COVID-19 testing — at our own taxpayers’ expense — because at this point, with COVID-19 infections setting new records on an almost daily basis in both Orange County and the nation, we have no other choice.
We should not be in this position. While other nations are seeing declines in the number of new COVID-19 infections, our new infections continue to rise. The basic reason for our continuing rise in infections and deaths is the catastrophic failure of our federal government to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, including President Trump’s continuing denial of its seriousness and his undermining of social distancing and face coverings as the best weapons we now have against this virus.
Our Board of Supervisors followed Trump’s lead and also bear responsibility for the rising number of COVID-19 infections and deaths in Orange County. For months, it was unclear how or even if California’s statewide mask mandate would be enforced in Orange County
As the Voice of OC reported, “Throughout the pandemic, OC officials haven’t strictly enforced business closures on restaurants and bars. And OC Sheriff Don Barnes said he wouldn’t enforce former health officer Dr. Nichole Quick’s mandatory mask order, which was issued over Memorial Day weekend as diners and shopping centers reopened.”
The Board of Supervisors also allowed Orange County’s chief health officer Dr. Nichole Quick to be driven from office by threats against her life from anti-mask and conspiracy theory extremists, failing to back up her public health orders or provide her with protection.
Under these circumstances, it is good that Irvine is now providing free COVID-19 testing for residents and people who work in Irvine. But Irvine’s COVID-19 testing also highlights the failure of our federal government and the Orange County Board of Supervisors to provide testing or any effective strategy in response to this deadly disease. Our friends and neighbors who live or work in other Orange County cities still have no good COVID-19 testing options.
Be safe and wear a mask!
Schedule a COVID-19 Test Appointment HERE.