Local COVID-19 Testing ...

Coronado residents can now get a COVID-19 test in town, just outside of the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse, 1985 Strand Way, by the bay. The City of Coronado has partnered with Kahala Biosciences to make the following COVID-19 tests available: a RT-PCR (viral) test to check for an active infection, a rapid RT-PCR test (more expensive for immediate results), and an antibody test to detect antibodies in the immune system that may tell you if you had a past infection.

Coronado residents can now get a COVID-19 test in town, just outside of the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse, 1985 Strand Way, by the bay. The City of Coronado has partnered with Kahala Biosciences to make the following COVID-19 tests available: a RT-PCR (viral) test to check for an active infection, a rapid RT-PCR test (more expensive for immediate results), and an antibody test to detect antibodies in the immune system that may tell you if you had a past infection.

The testing site is set up into two parts. Check-in and registration is available outside the front the Boathouse building (facing the street) where staff will verify IDs, which test(s) an individual would like to have done, and insurance and/or payment logistics. Individuals are then given a testing tray and move around to the outside of the back of the Boathouse (facing the bay) where an FDA approved PCR swab test and/or antibody blood test is administered by medical staff. Masks are required at all times and appropriate spacing has been marked out for each area while waiting. Result times may vary for the PCR test, but you can typically expect to get your results three days after your test was administered via email. Due to the differing nature of the antibody test, results can be given on site at the time of testing and take about 20 minutes to process (but can also be emailed instead).

The tests are not free, however insurance is accepted should your health insurance company cover the cost of COVID-19 testing and Kahala Biosciences will work with your provider for your reimbursement. If you do not have insurance that covers testing, you may be able to have costs covered by federal or city programs instead. Otherwise, direct payments are available for $120 for an RT-PCR test and $65 for an antibody test. Expect an additional fee for rapid PCR testing to get your results within about 15 minutes after the test has been administered (rapid results fees not typically covered by insurance).

If you’re uncertain as to whether or not you should get tested, here is what the City of Coronado and Kahala Biosciences recommend and allow testing for:

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

If you have been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, or otherwise may have been exposed through a large gathering, travel, etc.

If a negative test result is needed to return to work

If you meet any other criteria for testing

With this new testing site up and running, the City of Coronado hopes to make it as easy as possible for residents to get tested as needed and prevent the spread of the virus. Testing is currently being made available on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with plans to be operating in Coronado for as long as there is a need for COVID-19 testing. Days may be expanded should the need arise as well. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins will be accepted should availability allow. At this time there is no limit to the number of people who can be tested per day during operating hours (80 tests were given just this past Monday), however they are busiest in the mornings so walk-ins are recommended to come later rather than earlier.

Appointments can be made at www.kahalabiosciences.com/coronado, and for additional information regarding tests, insurance/payment, or for other questions, please visit the city’s Q&A page at https://www.coronado.ca.us/cms/one.aspx?pageId=17260462.

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