San Bernardino County has significantly expanded COVID-19 testing over the past several months and is strongly encouraging residents to get tested, whether or not you have shown any symptoms of the disease. Studies have shown that many infected people show no symptoms, otherwise known as an asymptomatic carrier. That means that most of the people who carry the virus do not know it. Simply put, it’s possible that thousands of infected people could unknowingly spread the disease.
Additionally, the County's ability to open certain sectors of the economy and keep them open depend on meeting certain criteria set by the state of California. These indicators include the number of tests conducted and positivity rates. If testing numbers go up, while keeping the percentage who test positive down, the County can avoid further restrictions from the state and reopen sooner.
Community testing events are being held throughout San Bernardino County and getting tested is easy. You will first need to make an appointment, which can be accessed from the sbcovid19.com website. There may be a few different testing methods depending on the location or facility. All County-operated testing sites currently use a self-swab nasal test, while state and private sites may use other collection methods, such as a nasopharyngeal specimen collection which is a nasal swab administered by a healthcare professional. For a step-by-step guide on how to complete a self-swab nasal test, watch the video (en Español). It’s simple, quick and painless!