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December 22, 2020 5:46 PM

Curative to operate additional pop-up testing sites

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As part of Sonoma County’s efforts to expand and streamline testing options for residents, the County is partnering with a private company, Curative, to operate the County’s pop-up testing sites beginning Monday, December 28, 2020.

This transition will allow the County to increase testing of the entire community, improve efficiencies and, most likely, quicken turn-around times for testing results. Improving the ability to identify those who are positive and support isolation and quarantine is a key component to the County’s strategies for slowing the spread of COVID-19, reopening the local economy, and getting students back in school.

“With the current surge in cases, it is more important than ever to continue testing and providing resources to COVID-19 positive individuals,” said Supervisor Susan Gorin, Chair of the Board of Supervisors. “These pop-up testing sites ensure that everyone has an opportunity to get tested, regardless of immigration status or insurance.”

Curative is a private testing company that currently operates more than 8,000 testing sites across the nation. It offers FDA-authorized pain-free swabbing that is self-administered. Instead of doing nasal swabs, residents will simply open a swab package, cough deeply three to five times and swab inside each cheek, upper and lower gum, underneath and on top of the tongue, and the roof of the mouth. This swab is then placed inside a biohazard bag and returned to the Curative worker.

Although Curative will begin administering the testing at the weekly community pop-up sites, the County will continue to provide bilingual and bicultural health care workers at each location to support community members with COVID-19 information and resources. The current schedule enables Curative to provide up to 900 tests per week to county residents in key census tract neighborhoods.

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