Early Tuesday morning, the Crenshaw Christian Center in South Los Angeles opened its doors as a testing site for COVID-19.
The testing process, in which those being tested will undergo a nasal swab, is expected to take around 10 minutes.
Coronavirus testing: Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti announces online registration for high-risk, vulnerable residents
Hundreds of Angelenos are already waiting for the results of their COVID-19 tests and soon thousands more will join them this week. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti this week announced a web portal on a city website where the most high-risk residents can sign up for coronavirus testing.
The rollout consists of a "limited number of tests," which would be conducted on those with symptoms, those who are 65 and older and Angelenos who may have underlying health conditions.
Patients who meet the criteria at coronavirus.lacity.org will be directed to a testing center and will be required to present identification.
"I want nobody to have fear," the mayor said. "It doesn't matter -- your immigration status, it doesn't matter who you are, it doesn't matter if you're a visitor.
Garcetti hopes to expand the city's testing capacity, which is currently testing about 1,000 people per day.
We are working to expand COVID-19 testing as quickly as possible. We have opened a new portal for the most high-risk and vulnerable Angelenos to sign up for testing offered by @LACity. Learn more at https://t.co/nJG4DqY3lx. pic.twitter.com/C92LQta87t— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) March 23, 2020