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MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 5, 2020

Contact: Chris Robles, (213) 915-4688  Email: Chris@HaidarHawthorne.com

COUNCILMEMBER AWAD ANNOUNCES OPENING OF
COVID-19 TESTING CENTER IN THE CITY OF HAWTHORNE

HAWTHORNE, California—After extensive discussions with the County of Los Angeles and State of California requesting a testing center for Hawthorne residents, Hawthorne Councilmember Haidar Awad announced today that he has successfully secured the use of Hawthorne’s Betty Ainsworth Sports Center as a COVID-19 walk-in testing center opening on May 6, 2020.

“This new testing center is a vital component to reopening Hawthorne, Los Angeles County, and California as outlined by Governor Gavin Newsom’s six indicators to modify the Stay at Home order,” said Councilmember Awad, “Hawthorne is an ideal location for such a center, and I’m excited to bring COVID-19 testing to our residents who have had limited access until now.”

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services agreed that the City of Hawthorne is a prime location to establish a testing site, making testing more accessible to the residents of Hawthorne and neighboring communities including Lawndale, Lennox, El Segundo, West Athens and other South Bay cities.

“Haidar, the County of Los Angeles truly appreciates that you reached out to us and for your leadership to help expand testing in LA County,” said Shari Doi-Hatcher, Director of Patient Access for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, “we are grateful for this partnership with you and the City of Hawthorne during these unprecedented times. We look forward to continuing to work with you on this project,” 

The State established a contract with OptumServe to operate 80 walk-in testing sites statewide, to help counties expand testing access and meet target testing goals for the state.  The new Hawthorne testing site is available by appointment and provided at no cost to the City of Hawthorne or residents.

Signup for appointments online: https://lhi.care/covidtesting

Signup by phone: (888) 634-1123

All County of Los Angeles testing sites: https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/

The Betty Ainsworth Sports Center is located at 3851 W. El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250 and is adjacent to the Hawthorne Memorial Center.

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