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UC San Diego’s Department of Transportation announced on May 8 that parking lot P782 , which is located by the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology Gemini Science, will be used as a COVID-19 testing site beginning May 11.
The Department of Transportation’s announcement was sent to recipients of their “First to Know” mailing list. Due to the construction of this testing site, visitors will not be able to park in lot P782 for the indefinite future.
“For the duration of this closure, lot P701 at the Triton Baseball Stadium replaces lot P782 as the Supersaver lot where no parking fee is required on weekends and the daily rate is just $3.00 Monday – Friday,” the department wrote.
While the original email announcement claimed that testing in lot P782 would be connected with UCSD’s initial phase of their Return to Learn testing, which will also begin on May 11, that statement has been rescinded as of 5 p.m. Friday.
“The P782 testing site is unaffiliated with the Return to Learn program; it is a site supporting patients and staff of UC San Diego Health and will be conducting tests by appointment only,” the university’s clarification email stated. “Please do not go to parking lot P782 for testing without an appointment.”
This is a breaking story, and The UCSD Guardian has contacted the university for further comment. The article will be updated with any further developments.
This article was updated at 5:00 p.m. to reflect that the university mistakenly sent out an email stating that the testing site would be a part of the Return to Learn program.