San Gabriel City to Host Mobile COVID-19 Testing Center at Mission Playhouse

January 16, 2021 edit: Due to a switch in testing providers, appointments and walk-ups to the CORE COVID-19 testing site at the Mission Playhouse have been cancelled for Saturday, January 16. Appointments at the Mission Playhouse will resume on January 19 to 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Appointments are encouraged for this walk-up testing location. Please note: this is not a drive-through testing site.

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We apologize for the inconvenience. Alternate COVID-19 testing locations may also be found here.

To improve our region’s COVID-19 testing capacity, the City of San Gabriel is partnering with Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) to offer free COVID-19 tests for San Gabriel residents and the San Gabriel Valley community. Testing will be held at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse at 320 South Mission Drive on January 8, 9, 12 to 16 and 19 to 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Working in coordination with Los Angeles County, CORE will provide a non-painful family-friendly, oral swab test through their mobile testing center. No ID or insurance is required and results will be given to participants within 48 hours via text or email.

“Given the surge in COVID-19 cases, it’s crucial that we offer ample opportunity for our community to get tested,” said San Gabriel Mayor Denise Menchaca. “We’re very thankful to be working with CORE to provide a much-needed testing location for our region.”

Appointments are highly encouraged and time slots will be released on a staggered basis on Limited walk-in tests will also accepted. Participants are instructed to not eat, drink, smoke, chew gum or to brush their teeth 20 minutes prior to the test to ensure a clear sample.

About the City of San Gabriel

The birthplace of the Los Angeles region, the City of San Gabriel features a diverse population of over 41,000 residents. Founded in 1771 and incorporated in 1913, San Gabriel serves as the home of the Mission San Gabriel. The City features a historic core in the Mission District and a vibrant arts and culture scene at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. For more information about the City of San Gabriel, visit the City’s website at or blog at

About CORE

CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) is a nonprofit organization co-founded by Sean Penn and Ann Lee that is dedicated to saving lives and strengthening communities affected by or vulnerable to crisis. Within hours of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Penn mobilized a powerful network to take immediate action. More than 10 years later, CORE continues to lead sustainable programs focused on four pillars: emergency relief, disaster preparedness, environmental resiliency and community building. The organization has expanded beyond Haiti to support communities in The Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the United States. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CORE has been operating free testing sites across the country alongside local partners, providing essential resources and contact tracing services as well as part of its integrated “CORE 8” approach to combat the pandemic. In 2021, CORE is working with its partners nationwide to ensure safe and equitable distribution of vaccines as they become available to the communities the organization serves. More information:, and follow CORE on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.