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National City opens new free COVID-19 testing site

Mayor Sotelo-Solis said she has focused her efforts to seek more testing, tracing and treatment (T3) efforts from the County of San Diego and State of California.

SAN DIEGO — National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis held a news conference Tuesday to announce the opening of "National City T3-Healthy Community Hub," a new free COVID-19 testing site at the Kimball Senior Center. 

Mayor Sotelo-Solis said she has focused her efforts to seek more testing, tracing and treatment (T3) efforts from the County of San Diego and State of California.

The mayor said National City has been at the forefront of battling the COVID-19 pandemic and as of June 29 reported 645 positive COVID-19 cases.

“We are eager to be partnering with the State of California to provide free walk-in (with appointment) testing at our Kimball Senior Center. As a region, we continue to see the growing demand for T3 (testing, tracing, treatment) efforts and I’m proud to announce that this will provide our 5th community testing site in the 91950 zip code, organically creating a National City T3- Healthy Community Hub.” Sotelo-Solis said.

Nick Macchione, director with the County of San Diego Health & Human Services said the county is racing to expand more sites so that people can get tested in their own communities.

"There will be no co-payments, no dinero, no money needed. We’re different in San Diego because we think of helping people live well and testing is the beginning so people can take care of their families in a safe way," Macchione said.

Also starting Tuesday, the first group of community health care workers will be going out into neighborhoods and visiting residence throughout National City, known as Promotores, to reach underserved populations that may have been exposed to the virus. 

People can make an appointment by calling 211 or go to 211 San Diego.org.

The other testing sites within National City include: 

  • San Ysidro Health (12th &D, 8th &D); 
  • Samahan Clinic (2835 Highland Ave); 
  • County of San Diego (410 W. 18th St.); 
  • Paradise Valley Hospital for patients (2400 E. 4th St.); 
  • State of California (1221 D Ave.)

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