State’s coronavirus testing site headed to Fresno City College

The Fresno County Department of Public Health announced Friday that the state’s high throughput coronavirus testing site will be located at Fresno City College.

The testing site will be located at the gym, which is located on the north east corner of College and Weldon avenues.

Dr. Rais Vohra, the county’s interim health officer, said the site should be operational sometime next week.

Health services company Optum will run the site, which is one of more than 80 being installed in California.

Optum will provide its own personal protective equipment and testing swabs, and the testing site will be able to process up to 132 tests per day, Vohra said.

Individuals will have the testing costs billed to their insurance. If someone does not have health insurance, the cost will be billed to the state. Testing will by appointment only, and appointments can be made online.

The total number of active cases in Fresno County increased by 35 on Friday, bringing the total to 386.

Total positive coronavirus cases in Fresno County throughout the pandemic rose by 51 to 615. The number of recoveries increased by 15 to 221.

For the first time in over two weeks, Fresno County reported another fatality, bringing the total to eight.

The individual who passed away was an 86 year-old woman who was a resident in a nursing home. The county did not reveal any other details.

There are currently about 90 patients in the hospital – 47 of them have a confirmed positive COVID-19 test, and the rest are suspected positive, Vohra said. There are 18 individuals in ICU units.

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at