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Port of Long Beach Opens COVID-19 Testing Site for Port Workers

FILE PHOTO: A patient arrives to be tested for the coronavirus at Glen Island Park on March 13, 2020, in New Rochelle, New York. John Minchillo/AP Photo

PortandTerminal.com, August 14, 2020

LONG BEACH, CA – Drive-up testing for COVID-19 will be available to dockworkers, truckers and other frontline labor partners at the Port of Long Beach beginning Monday, Aug. 17, to help ensure a healthy workforce and the safe delivery of essential goods during an unprecedented moment in history.

The free tests will be available to Port personnel and the general public on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. at 2100 W. Anaheim St., a vacant lot located within the Harbor District at the southwest corner of Anaheim and Ninth streets.

“Our Port workers are working around the clock to deliver critical supplies to every household in America and we must do all we can to keep them safe,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Expanding COVID-19 testing on-site at the Port of Long Beach demonstrates our commitment to these hard-working men and women.”

“We are focused on the health and well-being of the entire Port workforce. These are the men and women who keep cargo moving and ensure the safe delivery of goods and healthcare supplies to the rest of the country,” said Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach. “We hope this free COVID-19 testing site will provide another layer of assurance for our labor and industry partners.”

“Our priority is to keep all the employees and residents of Long Beach safe,” Harbor Commission President Frank Colonna said. “The Port is committed to doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as the number of cases continue to grow across the state and nationally.”

Up to 200 free tests will be provided daily by the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, with funding from the Port of Long Beach.

On-site registration will be available for Port-related personnel. Appointments are required for the general public and can be made online or by calling (562) 570-INFO (4636).

With the addition of the Harbor District site, the City of Long Beach will have the capacity to conduct 1,600 COVID-19 tests daily. Five other City-sponsored locations are available across Long Beach, while mobile tests are accessible to residents who are unable to leave their homes.

The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. With 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $170 billion in trade annually, supporting more than 575,000 Southern California jobs.

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