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Michele Willer-Allred, Staff Reporter
1:55 pm PST December 1, 2020

Nasal swab COVID-19 tests will be available Wednesday and Thursday at Malibu City Hall through a partnership between the city and Malibu Medical Group.

Hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Additional testing would be available Friday if demand is high.

The five-member City Council last week unanimously approved using the City Hall parking lot for drive-thru testing and vaccination.

According to a city staff report, the COVID-19 vaccine is anticipated to be available this month, and there is an application process through the county for doctors and pharmacies to apply to receive and administer the vaccine.

Malibu Medical has applied through this process, and requested the city provide the City Hall parking lot for use as a drive-thru site to administer the vaccine.

In April, the city partnered with Malibu Medical, as well as Community Organization Relief Effort to provide testing in the parking lot. As a result of this partnership, more than 3,000 tests were provided to community members.

City Manager Reva Feldman said this is an opportunity to do more testing “which in the most recent days has obviously become more important, but also to use the site if and when the vaccinations are available to Malibu.”

Feldman said City Hall is closed right now, so there’s room in the parking lot. She also said the site lends itself well for a drive-thru facility because it doesn’t abut to Pacific Coast Highway and cars can line up on Stuart Ranch Road and Civic Center Way.

Feldman also said that CERT volunteers, if interested, can help at the site just like they did back in April.

Both Mayor Mikke Pierson and council member Karen Farrer suggested the use of the City Hall parking lot for additional testing and the vaccinations.

Council member Rick Mullen said that when he got tested back in April, “it was super well set up and very well organized … It worked great last time and I think it was well received by the community.”

Malibu City Hall is located at 23825 Stuart Ranch Road. Anyone seeking to be tested must be in line by 2 p.m.

Registration is required along with completion of a HIPPA Compliant form.

The cost of specimen collection and laboratory testing will be passed along to the individual’s insurance or the CARES Act. As such, those seeking testing will need to supply demographic information, insurance information and a copy of an insurance card.

The uninsured must provide a driver’s license or Social Security number and sign an attestation verifying lack of insurance coverage.

Test results will be sent directly to patients through the laboratory’s patient portal. All Rapid Antigen results will be published through the Malibu Medical Group patient portal.