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An Aerial Photo Essay of the Bumper-to-Bumper COVID-19 Testing at Dodger Stadium the Week Before Thanksgiving

By Ted Soqui

This article was produced by Capital & Main, which is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues. L.A. Taco is co-publishing this article.

[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]he week before Thanksgiving saw one of the biggest spikes in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles. With 370,000 cases in Los Angeles County alone and showing absolutely no signs of slowing down, Dodger Stadium has been one of the busiest testing sites in the city. The test is self-performed inside your vehicle and you can see the iconic Dodger Stadium outside your window. The stadium has been vacant much of the year, with the Dodgers playing the World Series in Texas. 

This past Saturday, many people waited up to an hour for tests. But there wasn’t any honking or yelling. Folks sat stoically inside their cars as they were guided by Los Angeles Fire Department employees through a maze inside a parking lot.

Testing times were recently expanded at the stadium and now run daily from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. The city’s other seven testing sites are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily capacity for testing is 32,400, and residents can sign up for appointments online. 

California recorded its millionth coronavirus case two weeks ago, with the County of Los Angeles reporting a total of 339,560 confirmed cases and 7,269 deaths as of Sunday. 

Grab your Dodgers hat and sign up for a test on the L.A. County website

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