COVID-19 Testing

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing in Ridgecrest, California

By Appointment Only

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, we prioritize the health and safety of our community during these unprecedented times. To continue to keep our community healthy and safe, we have established drive-thru testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) at the back parking lot of the main hospital campus, to help identify cases of COVID-19.


The current turnaround time for results is approximately within 10-12 days of the test being performed. This can vary based on the lab's capacity depending on the number of tests submitted.

To see if you qualify for testing, text the word "SCREENING" TO (833) RRH-4YOU (774-4968) or call (866) 774-9984.

Using guidelines outlined by the CDC, the RRH drive-thru testing process has been thoughtfully designed to protect our patients and medical staff. Patients will remain in their vehicles for the entire screening process, only being approached by a doctor in full protective gear, effectively minimizing potential exposure to the virus.

COVID-19 Symptoms:

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever (100.4° or higher) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. For the latest updates visit the CDC website here.

Screening Process

  • Patient feels they meet the criteria for COVID-19 screening (fever over 100.4 degrees or higher, cough, shortness of breath, flu like symptoms)
  • Patient texts the word "SCREENING" to 833-RRH-4YOU (833-774-4968).
  • RRH nursing triage calls the patient back and conducts screening/assessment via phone.
  • If the patient meets the screening criteria, an appointment is scheduled.
  • Patient arrives at the drive thru testing site at the hospital’s back parking lot at their given appointment time
  • Patient is met by a physician wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and the physician then determines if a test is needed.
  • If a test is required, the physician will swab the patient for COVID-19 from inside the car.
  • The patient will be given a bag to take away containing discharge papers, a mask and a thermometer.
  • If criteria is not met either via phone screening or at the appointment, the patient will still be given advice on how to manage and treat any other symptoms and may be advised to self-isolate.

Please note:

  • The RRH texting system does not generate an immediate call back. Texts are processed by the nursing triage team and call backs are made as soon as possible.
  • Only one text is needed, as multiple texts delay response time. If the patient is unavailable to answer the return call from nursing triage, a message will be left, if possible and the patient will need to resend their text to initiate another call back.
  • Texts should only include the word "SCREENING". Please do not include patient information and symptoms.
  • The text appointment screening service is currently operating 7 days a week from 8 am to 5 pm and appointments will be scheduled according to the screening results.

If you feel you meet the criteria for screening, TEXT the word "SCREENING" to 833-RRH-4YOU (833-774-4968).

Symptom Self Check Tools can be found at:
CDC Symptom Self Checker
Screen Covid Symptom Checker

For more additional updates and advice surrounding the Coronavirus, please visit our dedicated COVID-19 informational page.