Los Angeles Opens COVID Testing Kiosk at Union Station
Rachel Uranga covers the intersection of business, technology and culture. She is a former Mexico-based market correspondent at Reuters and has worked for several Southern California news outlets, including the Los Angeles Business Journal and the Los Angeles Daily News. She has covered everything from IPOs to immigration. Uranga is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and California State University Northridge. A Los Angeles native, she lives with her husband, son and their felines.
The city's first free COVID-19 testing kiosk will open at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles Thursday.
The new stand is part of a pilot program intended to reach those who can't get to drive-thru tests. Testing will take place on September 10-13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m and will continue throughout the month.
Curative Inc, which handles about 10% of the nation's tests, will process the self-administered mouth swab tests. No appointment is necessary, although it's encouraged. About 300 tests will be available daily, and additional capacity will be added. There is a 24-hour turnaround time for results. Those interested can sign up here.
A similar program rolled out in Curative Inc. in Berkeley in July.
It comes as officials have begun to see lower transmission rates, though some experts are concerned that the trend could easily be reversed.
There are plans to open up K-12 for special need students. And officials who urged the public to stay away from crowds during Labor Day weekend to avoid outbreaks such as those seen after Memorial Day are still waiting to see if the holiday will be followed by a similar spike in infections.
As of Wednesday, 6,090 people have died from the novel coronavirus in Los Angeles County and 249,859 cases have been identified. About 10% of the nearly 2.4 million individuals tested have been positive.
Earlier this month, Los Angeles launched a series of pop-up mobile testing sites. Residents can find those locations and pre-register here.
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Minutes into filling out my absentee ballot last week, I was momentarily distracted by my dog Seamus. A moment later, I realized in horror that I was filling in the wrong bubble — accidentally voting "no" on a ballot measure that I meant to vote "yes" on.
It was only a few ink marks, but it was noticeable enough. Trying to fix my mistake, I darkly and fully filled in the correct circle and then, as if testifying to an error on a check, put my initials next to the one I wanted.
Then I worried. As a reporter who has previously covered election security for years, I went on a mini-quest trying to understand how a small mistake can have larger repercussions.
As Los Angeles County's 5.6 million registered voters all receive ballots at home for the first time, I knew my experience could not be unique. But I wondered, would my vote count? Or would my entire ballot now be discarded?
My distractingly sweet dog, Seamus.
Photo by Tami Abdollah
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Two design companies — one known for transforming shipping containers into pop-up businesses and homes, another that focuses on an eco-friendly approach to architecture — will erect modular COVID testing center at LAX by Nov. 1. New Jersey-based Clarity Labs will eventually staff those sites with technicians.