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Where you can be tested for COVID-19 in Plumas County

As coronavirus cases continue to climb in Plumas County, local residents want to know their Covid-19 testing options, which vary around the county. Following is a rundown of what each area has to offer.

Eastern Plumas Health Care in Portola

Michelle Romero, the infection prevention specialist for the healthcare district, outlined the testing opportunities at Eastern Plumas.

Individuals can be tested Monday through Friday at the hospital lab. Appointments are arranged by calling their healthcare provider. If a patient is symptomatic, the test is taken to Plumas District Hospital for processing with results known within 24 hours. If a patient is not symptomatic, the test is sent to Labcorp with test results available in about three days.

Those who are experiencing symptoms beyond the Monday through Friday timeframe, can call the hospital’s emergency department to arrange for a test. The emergency room has some rapid testing ability, but supplies are limited.

Public Health has scheduled a mass testing event for this Saturday, Jan. 9, at the veteran’s hall in Portola; reservations are required. Call 888-634-1123 or go to https://lhi.care/covidtesting.

Plumas District Hospital in Quincy

Testing is offered to both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals Monday through Friday in the hospital parking lot. Tests can be ordered by the healthcare provider if an individual is symptomatic, by Public Health if an individual is identified as being exposed through the contact tracing process, or by the individual. Call 530-283-5640 to arrange the test.

Public Health relays positive/negative test information if the test was the result of contact tracing or through a mass testing event.

If a Plumas District Hospital provider ordered the test, the hospital will notify the individual of a positive test. If a test is negative, no contact will be made, but results are available on the patient portal. This applies to testing ordered by a primary care provider or after being triaged by a Registered Nurse.

Seneca Healthcare District in Chester

Seneca also offers testing five days a week through its hospital lab. Individuals should contact their healthcare provider to schedule a test.

The hospital has also offered mass test events in the past and is in the processing of organizing another one.

Asymptomatic testing

Public health offers the following information for those who are not symptomatic:

Individuals who are not symptomatic and would like to be tested can contact their health care provider to schedule an appointment. Each healthcare facility has a screening process for COVID-19 appointments and testing. If there is a mass testing event scheduled, then that could be the appropriate option.

If you do get tested, you should self-quarantine/isolate at home pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.

Contact tracing tests

Public Health conducts contact tracing on all positive COVID-19 cases and will contact you if you have been identified as a close contact. The definition of close contact is “someone who was within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period starting from two days before symptoms appeared (or, for patients who do not have symptoms, two days prior to their test) until the time the patient is isolated. If you have not been contacted by Public Health but still believe you are a close contact to a positive case, call the Plumas County Public Health Clinic at (530) 283-6330.

Local test sites

Eastern Plumas Health Care

(530) 832-6500

500 1st Avenue

Portola, CA 96122

Plumas District Hospital 

(530) 283- 2121

1065 Bucks Lake Road

Quincy, CA 95971

Seneca Healthcare District

(530) 258-2151

130 Brentwood Drive

Chester, CA 96020



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