Working with the San Joaquin County Health Department and in partnership with Fulgent Genetics, the Escalon Unified School District will open up a COVID-19 testing site at the high school.
The Performing Arts Center on the high school campus will be the site for the clinic, said District Superintendent Ron Costa.
“It will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” Costa said, noting that the testing clinic will be available to everyone in the community, not just school students and employees.
The goal of the community testing clinic is to help keep the case rate low, by identifying those with COVID and making sure they follow the existing quarantine protocol. Also, said Costa, it can be helpful in confirming that students or staff that may have been exposed to the virus do not have it, allowing them to return to school sooner.
“They will do drop-ins and appointments,” Costa said of the Fulgent Genetics personnel. “They will ask for insurance information to see if they can bill your insurance but there’s still no cost.”
The link to make an appointment at the EHS Performing Arts Center testing site is:
All the testing will be done free of charge, whether people have insurance or not.
“They (county public health) wanted a location in the southeast corner of the county so we are providing them with the site,” Costa explained.
He said it will also be useful for school employees that, for those who have not been vaccinated, will have to undergo weekly testing starting later this month.
“This is a PCR test and it’s basically 24-hour results,” Costa said of the quick turnaround. “We really want to stress that this is open to the entire community, we want to try and get as many tests done as possible.”
Information about how to make an appointment will be posted on the school district’s website and information will also be available on their Facebook. Drop-ins are welcome and, again, the site is now open on the high school campus on Yosemite Avenue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.