SF Cuts Hours at 4 City COVID Test Sites
Four COVID-19 testing sites in San Francisco are temporarily reducing hours due to staffing shortages and increased demand on laboratories, health officials said Monday. The new hours will mean 250 fewer tests per day, or about 4 percent of the average 6,000 tests now being administered daily by sites affiliated with the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
The four locations that will see reduced hours, starting Monday, are:
— Ella Hill Hutch, reduction of three hours in the afternoon. (New hours: 8 a.m. -2 p.m.)
— Southeast Health Center, reduction of three hours in the morning on Monday only. (Monday
only: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; then return to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday)
— Alemany, reduction of two hours in the evening. (New hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
— SOMA (7th/Brannan), reduction of three hours in the morning beginning Tuesday. (New hours: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
The city ramped up testing in recent weeks, more than doubling the number of tests since the omicron surge began in early December. The health department is bringing in additional resources to augment capacity, including over 150,000 rapid tests due to arrive early this week, health officials said Monday. In addition, some sites have been increasing efficiency, and therefore the volume of tests, through supervised self-swabbing methods.
For updated hours of operation at SFDPH-affiliated and health system sites, go to: sf.gov/gettested
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Even with some sites temporarily reducing hours, we have stretched our testing capacity in recent weeks to an all-time high, with some sites more than tripling capacity! Been exposed? Go to 1) your health provider or 2) https://t.co/BpmMAW3Jxy
— SFDPH (@SF_DPH) January 9, 2022