Pictured: A COVID-19 Antigen test showing a positive result. 

by Kimberly Rivers

Just before 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 3, Ventura County Public Health announced that 5,000 home test kits would be distributed on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 3 and 4, to those confirmed to have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 and who have had symptoms for two to three days. The test kits being distributed by the county are rapid antigen kits providing results within 15 minutes. The test kits will be distributed for no cost to those eligible in a drive-through distribution. Home test kits will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last, at the following times: 

  • Monday, Jan. 3, 3-5 p.m. | North Oxnard Public Health Clinic, 1801 Solar Drive, Oxnard.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1-3 p.m. | Drive through pick up at Freedom Park, 275 E. Pleasant Valley Road, Camarillo. Enter at Freedom Park Drive, past the baseball fields.

Update: Tuesday, Jan. 4, 12:45 p.m. Ventura County has issued a statement saying the distribution schedule to start at 1 p.m. is “now closed due to traffic safety. Another opportunity will be offered on another date with more information soon. There are more cars lined up than can be accommodated and the vehicles are impacting traffic in the area. Please visit the testing page for more information about testing options in our County: https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/coronavirus-testing/”

Update: Tuesday, Jan. 4, 10 a.m. : Ventura County will be distributing home test kits today, Jan. 4, while supplies last. On Monday the county distributed 5000 home test kits to crowds that lined up an hour before the distribution began in Oxnard. For Tuesday’s distribution the county is changing the location to Freedom Park in Camarillo. Ashley Bautista, Public Information Officer with Ventura County said that on Monday, “some people were turned away because there was more demand than supply available.” The Camarillo location has a larger parking area “to accommodate more vehicles.” 

UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 3, 3:50 p.m. – Ventura County has issued a statement that due to limited supply today’s test distribution will be closing early. Those people in line to get test kits right now (as of 3:37 p.m.) will receive tests, but the line is now closed. In addition, the county is reporting that the location for the test kit distribution scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 4 will be moved to a new location, which has not yet been finalized. This story will be updated.

Four tests maximum will be provided to each household. Each kit (box) contains two tests.

A county spokesperson confirmed that the tests have been allocated to counties from the California Department of Public Health with the prioritization recommendations for who should get the test kits first. The county expects to receive more tests in the next few days. 

This distribution of home kits is separate from the test kits being made available through local public school districts. Families are asked to use the kits being given out by school districts to test students and families. 

The county also confirmed efforts are underway to ramp up PCR testing across the county to again have large sites able to accommodate more testing demand. Days, hours and drive-through lanes will be increased at the existing 14 state testing locations. 

Testing information can be found at www.venturacountyrecovers.org.