LTCC Serves as COVID-19 Test Site

May 4, 2020

Photo of LTCC's Physical Education buildingLake Tahoe Community College will soon play a part in the state of California’s efforts to greatly increase coronavirus testing by serving as an appointment-only testing site center starting Tuesday, May 5.

The college’s Physical Education Building will be used as one of two COVID-19 test sites in El Dorado County, allowing for an expansion of testing in primarily underserved areas of the state. This follows Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement to add more than 80 community COVID-19 testing sites, allowing the state to go from approximately 16,000 tests per day to upwards of 80,000.    

“With the other testing site located all the way in Shingle Springs, our facility provides for a really convenient and safer alternative for South Shore residents,” said LTCC Superintendent/President Jeff DeFranco. “We’re proud the college was able to provide for the health of our community this way.”

Health service staff will be conducting nasal swab tests in LTCC’s Physical Education building by appointment in order to determine the active presence of the COVID-19 virus at the time of testing. Antibody tests to detect if someone has already been exposed to the virus will not be offered at this time. Tests will be available to any county resident regardless of their health, access to medical insurance, or immigration status free of charge, with priority going to those with COVID-19 symptoms such as fever and shortness of breath.

LTCC will operate as a testing site for a minimum of two months, with a capacity of 132 tests per day. To register for an appointment online visit the Logistics Health Incorporated test site, or call 888-634-1123. Test results take 48-72 hours. Patients who test positively will be contacted by telephone by a nurse.

The planning and operation of LTCC’s test site will be the responsibility of El Dorado County’s Emergency Operations Center. LTCC’s PE Building, where testing will be conducted, is its own standalone building located more than 100 yards away from other facilities on campus, allowing essential college employees to safely conduct their work without interaction with visitors coming for COVID-19 testing.

LTCC’s parking lot will be divided, with barricades and signage used to limit access to the PE building to medical personnel and test patients only. Security checkpoints will be in place to keep those visiting for tests from accessing other college facilities. No college personnel will be involved in testing work. When the testing site closes, LTCC’s PE Building will undergo an intensive sterilization process led by public health experts before returning to service for college activities.

LTCC is located at One College Drive off of Al Tahoe Boulevard in the center of South Lake Tahoe. Testing days and hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, 7am to 12pm and 1pm to 7pm, closed Sundays and Mondays.

For more information about local testing and COVID-19 cases, visit El Dorado County’s virus homepage. For more information about LTCC’s response to COVID-19 and campus updates, visit the college's Coronavirus Information page.