The County of Sonoma continues to ramp up COVID-19 testing. These efforts now include the addition of two to three weekly events in the City of Sonoma administered with the help of a mobile unit operated by the testing company LHI.
An LHI mobile unit will be located at the Sonoma Veteran’s Memorial Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The schedule will change weekly based on the availability of the bus. For example, the first week it will be open January 14, 15, and 16, while the next week it will be available January 21 and 22. Please see the County’s pop-up testing calendar for all available dates.
The LHI Mobile Bus is a passenger bus converted to medical use by a private company in Merced, Storer Test Express. LHI staff administer tests from inside the bus, limiting health care worker and patient exposure. It is under contract with OptumServe/LHI to provide these services. Schedule these appointments by calling (888) 634-1123 or online at the LHI COVID-19 Testing website.
These testing opportunities will increase Sonoma County’s already high levels of testing at a critical juncture. Overall, there are more than 3,000 tests conducted each day in the County with an average of 676 daily tests per 100,000 residents. This testing volume is almost double the state average of 362 tests per 100,000. This high volume of testing helps the County in the long run as it allows the state to adjust Sonoma County’s case rate by nearly half, an important pathway to reopening once the Stay-Home Order is lifted.
While waiting for the widespread rollout of vaccines, testing remains a critical tool for identifying, isolating, and treating new cases. In addition, residents must continue to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. This is especially important at all Sonoma County’s testing sites. Visit socoemergency.org/test to find out more about COVID-19 testing options. Residents can also call 2-1-1 or text their zip code to 898-211 for resource information. For additional updates, follow Sonoma County on Facebook and Twitter at @CountyOfSonoma.