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LA Expands Free COVID-19 Testing to Rideshare Drivers

Published on Apr 28, 2020 at 7:15 am in News.

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In a COVID-19 response update, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced drivers for taxi companies, public transit, and rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft can now get tested for the coronavirus for free of charge even if they have or show no symptoms.

Prior to this announcement, critical workers who could be tested for the coronavirus without symptoms included first responders, critical government personnel, health care professionals, members of the media, and grocery workers. The city and county have created the list in an effort to protect those who do not have the luxury of staying home during the pandemic.

Los Angeles now has 36 testing sites, with the capacity to test 16,500 people daily. The county is continuing to expand its testing. According to the Mayor, “[Rideshare drivers] are on the front lines—helping us get to where we need to go, helping us have food delivered to our homes and apartments; and we have to keep them safe. Those tests will do just that.”

To sign up to get tested, rideshare drivers have to visit Coronavirus.LACity.org/Testing. To get tested, Uber and Lyft drivers can schedule a free test through the website. They only need to verify their critical worker status and provide contact information. They will be assigned a registration number and redirected to choose a testing site and time—both of which are based on availability.

To prepare for the COVID-19 test, rideshare drivers are asked to refrain from eating, drinking, chewing gum, or using mouthwash at least one hour prior to visiting a testing facility. Onsite personnel will hand drivers a test kit with detailed instructions. The test kits currently involve a mouth swab and results are received via email or phone within a few days.

If a driver tests positive, they will be mandated to self-quarantine for at least two weeks in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus. For those who test negative, they can continue to work and provide residents with rideshare and delivery services.

For more information on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the rideshare industry, check out our blog. We stay up-to-date on all the latest changes and news impacting rideshare users and drivers.

If you believe you’ve been harmed because of a rideshare driver’s negligence, we’re here for you. At the Rideshare Law Group, we represent Uber and Lyft accident victims on a national basis. We can help you seek compensation for your losses, so you can maximize your chances of making a full recovery and getting your life back in order. To learn more, contact us today.