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Lancaster, Palmdale combine to expand community testing


The cities of Lancaster and Palmdale and Garrison Family Medical Group have partnered to provide free COVID-19 testing to Palmdale residents in the parking lot at Lancaster Municipal Stadium.

The free tests for Palmdale residents are available at 45116 Valley Central Way. They have been free for Lancaster residents since the test site opened last year.

The hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday to Wednesday; from 8 to 9 a.m., 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., Thursday; and from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Testing is free for Lancaster and Palmdale residents. A minimal fee is associated, for those who do not live within Lancaster or Palmdale city limits, according to information posted on the registration website.

Individuals who go to the stadium for testing are asked to make sure their mask is covering their nose and mouth when they drive up to the test location. They will be asked to roll the passenger side window down about four inches and provide legal identification.

The test site worker will provide

the following instructions:

•  Pull your mask down to expose your nose

• Tip your head back and insert the swab about

3/4 of an inch into your right nostril.

• Swab the inside of the right nostril on all

sides, turn the swab about five times, keep

the swab in your nostril about 15 seconds

• Remove the swab from the right nostril and

repeat the steps inside the left nostril

• When you have finished the sample

collection, place the swab with the cotton tip

pointing down into the wrapper you received

it in and hand it back to the testing site

personnel through your passenger window.

Other local COVID-19 testing

sites are available:

• Hammack Activity Center, 815 East Ave. Q-6,

Palmdale. Visit

testing. Free test kits are also available for

pick-up at the Hammack Center, with no

appointment necessary.

• Northshore Clinical Labs. Visit


• Antelope Valley College. Visit