A COVID-19 testing site was established at Echo Park Lake over the weekend and will be open again for testing Tuesday, replacing a previous site at 2044 Reservoir St.

People can get a free test at the location, which is being operated in partnership with CORE Response, Mondays through Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the site is closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Appointments are required and can be booked at coronavirus.lacity.org/testing.

The site — between the park’s children’s playground and the lake — was moved from Reservoir Street to provide a “more convenient user experience” amid a surge in COVID-19 cases related to the Omicron variant, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said in an email to constituents Saturday.

On Sunday, Los Angeles County reported 43,883 new cases of COVID-19 and 53 additional deaths associated with the coronavirus.

“The extraordinarily high number of new cases reflects worrisome rates of community transmission,” according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *