Free for First Responders and Essential Workers in Malibu April 6-11

The City of Malibu is partnering with the Los Angeles-based global non-profit organization Community Organized Response Effort (CORE) and local medical providers to provide free novel coronavirus (COVID-19) drive-through testing for first responders and high-risk people in the Malibu community Monday, April 6 through Saturday, April 11.

“This excellent partnership with CORE that will provide crucial coronavirus testing service for our first responders and community members is a perfect example of how government agencies, community-based organizations and volunteers can combine forces to meet this crisis,” Mayor Karen Farrer said. “I am very grateful to CORE’s founder, Malibu resident Sean Penn, for this effort and I am proud and inspired to see the outpouring of support and resources from community-based organizations, volunteers, professionals and regular people at every level.”

The testing will be offered in two phases:

Phase 1 – On Monday, April 6 and Tuesday April 7, free testing provided only for first responders (law enforcement, firefighters, medical professionals, paramedics) and essential workers serving the community in Malibu.

Phase 2 – Testing will be provided for the greater Malibu community for residents.

There is no pre-registration.

The tests will be conducted using a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) -approved nasal swab with an expected two-day turnaround for results. First responders, essential workers and residents requesting a test will drive through the upper parking lot at Malibu City Hall (23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu CA 90265). Drivers will be instructed on the steps of the highly secure process when they arrive. Those being tested will not leave their cars, they will be given a sterile swab kit through the car window, close the window, take the swab sample on themselves and then seal the swab. They will drop it through the window into a bin.

CORE is a global non-profit organization founded by actor, activist and philanthropist Sean Penn. Locally, CORE has been working with City of Los Angeles officials to run operations at some coronavirus drive-through testing facilities throughout Southern California. Learn more about CORE at https://www.coreresponse.org/programs. The testing service is carried out locally by COVID Clinic, a partner of CORE. For more information, call (310) 853-1454 or visit https://covidclinic.org/core.

City of Malibu coronavirus page:  www.MalibuCity.org/coronavirus.

Submitted by Matt Myerhoff, Media Information Officer

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