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Drive-up coronavirus testing opens in Bellflower

The Bellflower location is one of 27 testing sites launched by the city and county of Los Angeles in recent weeks.

A new drive-up COVID-19 testing site will open in Bellflower Wednesday, April 15.

The new addition to the region’s drive-up testing sites will open at the Bellflower Civic Center’s parking structure, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn announced Tuesday, April 14. The Bellflower site, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, can test up to 250 people a day.

“This new drive-up site in Bellflower will improve access to testing for residents in southeast L.A. County,” Hahn said in a statement, “and give us a better understanding of the spread of this virus in these communities.”

Bellflower has 50 confirmed cases as of Tuesday, according to L.A. County public health officials. Long Beach, the largest city in Southeast Los Angeles County, has 363 cases and 17 deaths. Other cities in the county’s southeastern portion that have confirmed cases are:

  • Cerritos, 33;
  • Compton, 65;
  • Downey, 102;
  • Lakewood, 42;
  • Lynwood, 73; and
  • Paramount, 39.

Any Los Angeles County resident who is experiencing coronavirus symptoms is eligible for a test, but must make an appointment through the website or by calling 211.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and the city of Bellflower undertook a joint effort to develop the site.

The Bellflower location is one of 27 testing sites launched by the city and county of Los Angeles in recent weeks.

Facts about all of the sites can be found at a county website,

Improving access to testing in the area, officials said Tuesday, is crucial for residents in those communities.

“It’s crucial that our region and Bellflower get a clear picture of how many people are COVID-19 positive, and peace of mind for those that are not,” Bellflower Mayor Juan Garza said in a written statement.

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, whose 58th District includes much of Southeast Los Angeles County, added that the region has other issues — like poor air quality — that could worsen COVID-19 symptoms.

“The Southeast has some of the worst air quality and many environmental hazards, like lead in the country,” she said in a statement. “We know this is exacerbating the health problems associated with COVID-19. I’m happy that, together, we will be able to ensure that people in the Southeast have access to drive-through testing and that more facilities and resources will continue to be extending in this region.”

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