COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing in Ridgecrest, California

Please note changes to our COVID-19 Screening & Testing Process (updated 12/17/20)

Due to the current local surge in COVID-19 cases we are taking steps to reinstate activities put in place during our initial pandemic response. We want our community to know that during this Public Health Emergency, you don’t have to choose between medical care and social distancing. Your safety is our priority.

Experiencing COVID-like symptoms?

If you are experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms*, please contact your primary care provider or walk-in to the RRH Urgent Care clinic for evaluation. Our Urgent Care Clinic is open and accepting walk-ins 7 days a week (7 AM – 6 :30PM & 8 AM – 5 PM Holidays). No appointment necessary. Testing is currently at cost and dependent upon meeting CDC criteria.

*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 & Keeping You Safe

We have extensive protocols in place to keep you safe, including:

  • An active COVID-19 screening process before staff and patients enter the building. Temperatures are checked on everyone entering the building.
  • Patients are screened before coming in and a wait-in car policy is in place for suspected COVID-19 & respiratory illnesses.
  • Urgent Care visits are limited to only patients and necessary caregivers
  • Separate waiting areas and treatment rooms that maintain social distancing. Patients with possible COVID-19 symptoms are treated in separate care areas.
  • Extra sanitary precautions are being practiced such as, regular hand washing, social distancing and readily available sanitizing stations.
  • All staff and patients are required to wear masks.

Testing

Testing at this time is at cost and still currently based on meeting CDC requirements. Please refer to the CDC Coronavirus Symptoms Self-Checker by clicking HERE, to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and appropriate medical care.

The turnaround time for results will vary based on the lab's capacity depending on the number of tests submitted.

Pricing

COVID-19 diagnostic testing cash price: $125


We want to reassure you that Ridgecrest Regional Hospital is following all CDC guidelines closely and will continue to conduct testing. We will continue to re-evaluate the process as needed. In the meantime, we continue to urge the community to follow the recommended protective measures:

  1. If you go out for essential activities or to shop for necessities, remember to maintain at least 6 feet distance from individuals who do not live in your household.
  2. Wash hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. Follow label instructions for proper disinfection.
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a disposable tissue or your elbow.
  6. Stay away from large gatherings and crowds both in public and in private.
  7. If you are sick, stay home from work and away from other people.
  8. Follow State face-covering Guidance

Rural Health Clinic Urgent Care
Address: North Medical Plaza, 1111 N. China Lake Blvd.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Phone: (760) 499-3800
Hours:
7 AM – 6:30 PM: 7 DAYS A WEEK
8 AM – 5 PM: HOLIDAYS

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.