Long Beach Offers Dual COVID/Flu Testing

The City of Long Beach has unveiled one of the first dual flu and coronavirus testing programs in the country, Mayor Robert Garcia announced last week.

Free COVID-19/flu tests are being offered at city-run testing sites for residents of Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood, Paramount and Compton. The dual tests require an appointment, which can be scheduled here.

“This new combination testing will help people experiencing flu-like symptoms to know if they have COVID-19 or the flu and which steps to take to recover and keep those around them safe,'' said Kelly Colopy, head of the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.

COVID-19 cases are exploding nationwide. What makes the spike even more worrisome is the convergence with flu season.

“This dual testing model puts our city at the forefront of public health policy and serves as a model for other agencies in our shared fight to slow the spread of this deadly disease,” Mayor Garcia said. He also urged residents to get their regular flu vaccine if they haven’t already.