PALM SPRINGS – A state-operated coronavirus testing location off Golf Center Parkway in Indio is relocating next week to the Palm Springs Convention Center.
The move will bring testing closer to residents in the western Coachella Valley. The Palm Springs Convention Center was selected after a couple successful testing runs by Riverside County’s mobile testing team, as well as the familiarity that residents and the business community have with the location.
The State of California and OptumServe, in partnership with Riverside County, operate two testing sites in Riverside County’s fourth supervisorial district, with the other location in Desert Hot Springs. The Indio site that is moving to Palm Springs is located at 44-801 Golf Center Pkwy. This move does not affect the county-run testing site at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio, which will continue to conduct testing.
Testing at the Palm Springs Convention Center will start Monday, December 14, and will be available Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Appointments are preferred and can be made online at https://gettested.ruhealth.org.
The Palm Springs Convention Center address is 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs.
“The Palm Springs Convention Center has been an excellent location for testing, with a large space that can accommodate many tests,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “Having testing hosted at the Palm Springs Convention Center for a longer basis will make it easier for community members to remember where to go to get tested to help keep their coworkers, their families and their community safe.”
All residents are encouraged to get tested. Testing helps contain the spread of coronavirus by isolating those who are COVID-positive so they can recover without passing the virus to others. Testing is for everyone, regardless of immigration status, insurance, or whether one has symptoms or not. There is no charge to the individual.
Supervisor V. Manuel Perez is the chair of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, representing the eastern two-thirds of Riverside County as the Fourth District Supervisor. Stretching from Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs, south to the Salton Sea and east to Blythe and the Colorado River, the Fourth District is the largest geographical district in the county.
Supervisor Perez’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.