On Monday, March 23rd, Hayward opened a free COVID-19 testing center, allowing sick people and suspected patients to get tested for the disease. The center is open everyday from 9 AM - 6 PM, or until the facility runs out of kits, with results being provided approximately 24 hours after testing. It is important to note that members of the general public must be symptomatic and have a fever of over 100 degrees to get tested.
The tests are being provided by Avellino Labs, a Menlo Park based biotech company, who stated that Hayward was the first city to accept their assistance.
New traffic management strategies and line control was needed on Wednesday due to the large influx of people needing testing.
Statistics from the first day of testing show that 1/4 of those who received a test were positive for the coronavirus, and all cases are being reported 48 hours after testing to the public.
On Thursday, March 26th, and Friday, March 27th, the center will be closed early to conduct testing of vulnerable populations around the community.
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