SHASTA COUNTY, Calif.- The governor wants all Californians to get tested, whether they have symptoms or not.
Action News Now spoke to Shasta County public health and a spokesperson for the department says it’s taking about a week to get an appointment at the state testing site at Shasta College.
If you’re symptomatic and don’t fit a high risk group, it takes 3-5 days.
If you’re symptomatic and considered part of a high risk group, appointments are available quickly.
As coronavirus cases grow across Shasta County, Shasta County public health says there’s a demand for more testing.
“It’s taking longer than it did back in the beginning just because there’s an increase in demand,” says Kerri Schuette, spokesperson for Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency.
But public health says that shouldn’t stop people from getting tested.
“It’s really is important to get tested because we want to make sure that everybody knows their status,” says Schuette.
With a testing site available at Shasta College and recently a mobile testing site opening up near downtown Redding, officials says it’s important for people to take advantage of these resources.
“The hope is that by offering this type of service, it’s going to be more convenient for folks and more and more folks are going to be willing to get tested,” says Brandon Thornock, chief operations officer for Shasta Community Health Center in Redding.
Officials say they’re already seeing a backlog in testing availability and getting results back, but that’s not a surprise since more people are getting tested.
“The testing sites need people to staff them, supplies all of those sorts of things, they take the samples and they go down to the labs where they’re processed,” says Schuette. “They also need staff and supplies, and there’s just a lot of demand right now in just this piece of the process.”