If you protest, get a test

If you protest, get a test

San Diego County health officials are recommending that everyone who participates in a protest, demonstration or vigil consider being tested for COVID-19 because they are at higher risk of contracting the virus.

Large gatherings and people being close to each other increase the risk of contracting COVID-19 because people can transmit the virus when chanting, screaming or talking, especially if they are not wearing a face covering.

“It is likely that we will see cases in people who have participated in the recent protests,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health office. “People should be tested and be on the lookout for symptoms.”

Residents without symptoms wishing to get a COVID-19 test should check first with their health care provider. They can also get tested at a state or County site where tests are administered for free.

People showing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health care provider and arrange for testing. If you don’t have a health care provider, call 2-1-1 and ask for a public health nurse who will give you a referral.

Everyone who wants to get tested needs an appointment.

  • For County site appointments, call 2-1-1.
  • For state sites, make an appointment online ( or call (888) 634-1123. State sites are in Escondido, El Cajon, Chula Vista, San Ysidro and Southeastern San Diego.

If you make an appointment for a COVID-19 test in any location, it’s important that you keep it so that the spot does not go unused.

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