A free COVID-19 testing site opened at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Wednesday morning.
The site, which connects Tijuana, Mexico to San Diego, was chosen by the county’s Public Health officials due to the increase in its local cases and the number of essential workers who cross it daily.
COVID-19 hit the “communities in South Bay” the “hardest,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego County’s Public Health Officer.
According to an ABC7 report, around 20,000 civilians enter the crossing daily.
However, the number has significantly declined due to the pandemic.
The testing site will operate from 6:30 am to 10:30 am (PST) from Monday to Friday, and is expecting to test around 200 people daily.
Tests will also focus on accessibility, especially for testing essential workers, people who live in the area, and American citizens who live in Tijuana, health officials said.
People who want to get tested do not need to make an appointment before they go to the testing site.
Also, people will not be asked about their immigration status, health officials said.
COVID-19 Situation In San Diego
Recently, five community outbreaks occurred in the county, said a KPBS report.
San Diego has been in the County Monitoring List of California for more than three days now.
The County reported 182 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the smallest infection increase since June, said another KPBS report.
The overall number of reported positive cases in the county is 33,157 on Tuesday.
Around 20,894 among the reported cases were able to recover from the virus, while 602 died from it.
According to county health officials, younger people between the ages of 20-29 tend to use fewer safety measures to contain the virus.
According to KPBS, 25.5% of the COVID-19 case in San Diego came from the 20-29 age group.
“Some San Diegans think they’re not going to get sick,” said Dr. Wooten.
However, these people do not realize that they “could get infected and pass the virus” to vulnerable people, she added.