A COVID-19 instant test on January 8, 2022. This test results were negative denoted by the red line at the C. (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)

Santa Cruz County has partnered with the county’s Office of Education in moving the South County’s Inspire Diagnostics COVID-19 testing site to the county fairgrounds due to overwhelming testing demand.

According to a county spokesperson, the move to the fairgrounds will now make the testing site available to all community members.

“The COE has provided our community a great service in providing testing options for our school staff, students and their families,” said Dr. Cal Gordon, Santa Cruz County Deputy Health Officer. “We are excited to partner with the COE to expand testing to the greater community.”

The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds testing site is located at 2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville. It is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is required at https://sccoe.link/inspiresc.

In addition to the partnership with the COE, the county has expanded testing capacity at its three OptumServe sites. With both the COE and OptumServe expansions, testing capacity has nearly doubled during this surge.