OXNARD, Calif. - Getting tested for COVID-19 isn't as quick as it used to be and getting the results back may take longer, too.
A state funded test requires making an appointment by going to lhi.care.
KEYT reporter Tracy Lehr made a Friday appointment more than a week in advance to get tested at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center.
An email reporting a negative test result took three business days following the weekend.
A Ventura County run drive-thru location had cars lined up around the block before it opened at 10 a.m. at Oxnard College on the Sunday after the Fourth of July. It took a couple of hours to drive into the testing tent.
The tests offered between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Fridays through Tuesdays do not require an appointment or insurance.
Results via email for many participants were still pending a week later.
Both tests consisted of Q-tip-like nasal swabs sent to labs.
The state test was administered by a worker in protective gear. The worker took a swab from one nostril.
The drive-thru test was a do-it-yourself swab of both nostrils that is placed in a test tube and given to a worker who witnessed the test in the college parking lot.