Public Well being Testing Web site Expands Hours

The testing trailer at County Public Well being expanded its hours this Saturday and Sunday, which are actually 7:30 a.m. to six:30 p.m., though the web appointment system signifies appointments should not accessible for weeks.

As this reporter examined the web site, appointments had been variously accessible for January 18, January 21, or in no way for the Santa Barbara location. Lompoc had instances on January 18. On the state appointments web site — which requires a succession of questions and solutions even longer than the county’s — Santa Paula and Santa Maria had been the closest places with instances accessible at present.

Van Do-Reynoso, head of Public Well being, replied to an e-mail this morning, saying the final time they checked, loads of appointments had been accessible on Sunday. The positioning is likely to be having glitches and he or she stated their tech help would look into it.

No clients had been on the 267 Camino del Remedio location at present mid-morning, and the staffers onsite willingly took a walk-up buyer. A pair extra folks walked up. A spotcheck at midday discovered about 5 folks standing in line. Through the week, the testing trailer had a relentless stream of consumers, the staffers stated.

In a video launched on January 7 to announce the brand new hours and replace the general public, Do-Reynoso stated reported instances, case charges, and testing positivity had been at file ranges, the best within the 21 months of the pandemic. “The surge in new instances and enhance in testing positivity are reflective of the Omicron variant that’s quickly spreading in California,” she stated. “We suspect that Omicron accounts for almost all of our instances right here in Santa Barbara County.”

After this weekend, the testing trailer closes on Monday and Tuesday. It can proceed its expanded hours Wednesday by means of Sunday. Do-Reynoso states within the video that appointment are required. On the time this story was posted, the appointments web site nonetheless appeared damaged.