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Mobile Testing and Outreach Team (MTOT)

  • Mobile Testing Overview

    Mobile testing was initially launched as a service to those who are not able to travel to one of the City’s testing sites (such as those in skilled nursing, elder care, sober living and other facilities and older adults who cannot leave their homes). Mobile testing has been available weekdays for residents with mobility issues or underlying health conditions.

    Mobile testing is now expanding to include “pop-up testing days” as a strategy to increase access to testing for Long Beach residents, primarily for under-represented demographics and communities, as well as those who are unable to access other ongoing testing sites.

    Those who are able to access testing through their primary care provider or at an ongoing testing site (​www.longbeach.gov/covid19​) should still do so. To request mobile testing, complete this ​form​ or call the Public Health Info Line at (562) 570-4636 (open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

  • Planning

    “Pop-up testing days'' will occur periodically, and alternate through city districts based on need. The date, time, location and population served will be coordinated by the representing councilmember and their office. Coordination requires establishing a secure location such as a community center or park building with access to electrical outlets, bathrooms and sinks for handwashing. An alternative location is a safe parking lot to deploy the health department’s Emergency Response Vehicle, which could serve as the base for pop-up testing that day. Pop-up testing does not require appointments.

  • Personnel and Equipment

    The pop-up testing team will bring tables, chairs, canopies, extension cords, laptop, scanner and all required PPE. The pop-up team will include 5-10 members depending on the district’s population. The team will be equipped to conduct up to 50 tests per hour or roughly 300 tests per day. The type of test kit used is the nasal swab which can be administered by staff or self-administered.

  • Test Results

    Most test results will be processed within 72 hours and delivered to the individual via email. In order to improve the delivery of test results to individuals without smartphones and internet access, a mobile team business card will be provided so the individual can call to obtain test results over the phone.

  • Safety

    The team lead will request support in advance from the Long Beach Police Department in the form of safety patrols in the vicinity before and during the pop-up testing operation. In addition to requesting a secure location for pop-up testing, the entire team will continue to maintain appropriate situational awareness during the operation.