Newsom activates the National Guard to help with COVID-19 testing

Merline Jimenez (left), provides guidance before administering a COVID-19 nasal swab. This was done amid an increase in Omicron variant cases in Los Angeles on December 21, 2021. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

In response to the increased number of cases caused by the omicron variant of COVID-19, more than 200 members the California National Guard were activated. Gavin Newsom’s office announced Friday.

Cal Guard members are expected to be present at 50 locations across the state. “providing interim clinical staff while permanent staff are hired, adding capacity for walk-ins, assisting with crowd control and back-filling for staff absences – all in an effort to conduct more tests for more Californians,” Newsom’s office In a release.

Of those 50 sites, 18 are located in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, Newsom’s press office said in an email.

In Los Angeles County, the following sites will be supported by Cal Guard members, the governor’s office said:

  • Los Angeles – 3600 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 900168 (Open Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.)
  • Van Nuys – 5903 N. Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406 (Open Tuesday-Saturday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.)
  • South El Monte –  10408 Vacco St., South El Monta, CA 91733 (Open Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.)
  • Santa Monica – 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Open Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Pasadena – 1595 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91104 (Open Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  • Pacoima – 10736 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331(Open Tuesday-Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  • Paramount – 14400 Paramount Blvd., Paramount, CA 90723 (Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • Bell – 6250 Pine Ave., Bell, CA 90201 (Open Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.)
  • Sylmar – 13100 Hubbard St., Sylmar, CA 91342 (Open Tuesday-Saturday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.)

These are the locations in San Bernardino County

  • Yucaipa: 12385 7th St.
  • 4985 Richton St., Montclair
  • Rancho Cucamonga, 10701 Town Center Drive
  • Chino: 12970 3rd St.
  • The Upland team is a travel group that moves to different places. This week’s location was 1325 San Bernardino Road, Upland, but the site is not operating Saturday.

These are the Ventura County sites:

  • 1336 Janss Road Thousand Oaks
  • 800 Hobson Way Oxnard
  • Fillmore: 543 A St.
  • The Oxnard Bus travel group, which is mobile to various locations. It will be at Blackstock Jr. high School at 701 E. Bard Road in Oxnard on Saturday.

“California has led the country’s fight against COVID-19, implementing first-in-the-nation public health measures that have helped save tens of thousands of lives,”Newsom made the statement in a statement. “We continue to support communities in their response to COVID by bolstering testing capacity.”

More Cal Guard members are expected to be called up next week, Newsom’s office added.

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