Fake COVID-19 testing sites pop-up in Oxnard

OXNARD, Calif. (KEYT) – The City of Oxnard has alerted residents to possible fake COVID-19 testing sites pop-ups in some neighborhoods.

Authorities are urging the public to seek out legitimate testing sites, which are run by the state, Ventura County Public Health, pharmacies or licensed companies.

Reports indicate that the alleged fake sites ask for money and social security numbers.

On the Citizens for a Better Oxnard Facebook page, a message warning of a possible illegal site, residents reported their experience of a pop-up at Trinity Community Church.

Officials want to spread the word to make sure residents know COVID-19 testing is free and guide them to official websites that offer a list of valid testing sites.

Legitimate testing sites help declutter emergency rooms since hospital testing for COVID-19 is reserved for patients with severe symptoms, those who need to be admitted, or others as determined by ward staff emergency.

Another option is to visit a community testing site or your primary care physician to determine your COVID-19 status.

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