A five-day free coronavirus testing event got underway Monday at NorthGate Community Church in Cathedral City, with the capacity to test 165 people each day through Friday.

Officials urged people to make appointments, but said walk-ups will be accommodated.

Cathedral City Mayor Raymond Gregory planned to get tested at the church on Monday in an effort to show residents the importance of regular screenings.

“As we face a surge on top of a surge, it is important that all residents get tested for COVID-19 on a regular basis,” Gregory said. “With vaccines still months away for most of our population, testing remains a crucial tool in the fight against the coronavirus by allowing an infected person to isolate so he or she will not spread it unknowingly to another family member or coworker.”

Testing will be done from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the church, at 30010 Date Palm Drive.

Appointments can be made at lhi.care/covidtesting.

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