Posted on 08/06/2020

Joined by partners from CORE, Curative, and LAFD, the Mayor announced a major milestone in the fight against the pandemic and charts next steps in L.A.’s response

LOS ANGELES –– Mayor Eric Garcetti announced yesterday that the City of Los Angeles has administered more than one million tests since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a major milestone in L.A.’s fight against the virus. Joined by leaders from Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Curative-Korva Labs, and the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), the Mayor touted the strong public-private partnerships that helped the city reach this point –– and highlighted the next steps in the ongoing effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.

“This virus thrives on division –– but this week’s milestone is a testament to what is possible when we harness the power of partnerships,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Our job is far from done, and this announcement only reinforces the magnitude of the task ahead: to continue championing nimble, effective solutions that keep our people healthy and our communities safe.”

Early in the crisis, Los Angeles stepped in to fill a national void and became the first large city in America to offer widespread testing for anyone, with or without symptoms. Across City sites, CORE has led operations and Curative has fronted testing costs, with the City and LAFD overseeing the program.

To date, the City has spent nearly $100 million to bring free testing to Angelenos, working with partner organizations to establish COVID-19 diagnostic testing sites at six drive-through and two walk-up locations, as well as dozens of pop-up community testing sites throughout the city. The City delivered testing to the majority of skilled nursing facilities in Los Angeles and required monthly testing for all staff and residents. The City will soon partner with Curative to launch testing at mobile kiosks, expanding the availability of testing to communities without access to a drive-through site. 

“Mayor Garcetti rose to an unprecedented challenge with no federal strategy and limited support. CORE is proud of its team of everyday citizens who have stepped up to do their part, alongside our City’s firefighters and other workers. Now in our fifth month of fighting this pandemic, we know that testing is one piece of saving the lives and livelihoods at stake right now,” said CORE Co-Founder and CEO Ann Lee. “We must do more. We ask the public to continue doing its part to mask, distance, and test, and if testing positive, to quarantine and fully participate with contact tracers. We are committed to partners who can maximize the impact of our testing efforts by providing test results within 48 hours, contact tracing within 72 hours after a positive result, and supporting those who cannot quarantine safely.”

“Curative is pleased to partner with the City of Los Angeles, CORE, and LAFD to supply COVID-19 testing to anyone who needs a test,” said Fred Turner, CEO and Co-Founder of Curative-Korva Labs. “Innovative approaches to testing are needed to fight this pandemic and Curative will continue to adapt and innovate through mobile testing to reach more Angelenos.”

Mayor Garcetti has emphasized that the City’s testing model –– which delivers results within 48 hours –– is a critical component of L.A.’s strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19. To strengthen that approach, the City has partnered with the L.A. County Department of Public Health to scale up a contact tracing program as well, encourage physical distancing protocols, and mandate that residents wear a mask anytime they are outside their homes.

"The men and women of the LAFD continue to work collaboratively with Mayor Garcetti's staff and the dedicated personnel from Curative and CORE to facilitate Citywide COVID-19 testing for Angelenos," said LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas. "The battle against COVID-19 is unlike anything we have seen in our lifetime, and I am proud that our organizations were able to quickly answer the Mayor's call to design, staff, and supply such a complex operation."

The City’s efforts to scale up testing have been guided by its commitment to equity and informed by data showing that COVID-19 was disproportionately impacting communities of color, especially in particular neighborhoods of our City. In response, Los Angeles increased the capacity of testing sites in areas with large Black and Latino populations, including quadrupling the size of the Crenshaw Christian Center site, establishing a walk-up location at Kedren Community Health Center, and working with the County to add new sites at the Forum in Inglewood and Charles Drew University in Willowbrook. 

Residents who believe they need a test should check with their health care practitioners, as well as the more than 100 State, County, and community-based providers who offer free testing in the L.A. area. Angelenos can find those providers through the City testing website at New appointments are added daily.

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Mayor Garcetti marks one million COVID-19 tests at City sites