COVID-19: Testing

COVID-19: Testing

Free testing is still available for uninsured individuals, regardless of immigration status. If you have health insurance, please contact your Doctor or health plan to get tested. Insured individuals can also find a testing site here, please be ready to provide full health insurance information to receive an Antigen Test.

header-title-decorationCOVID-19: Testing

Know Your Testing Options

As we enter a less turbulent phase of the pandemic, LA County is now moving COVID-19 testing beyond crisis mode and into our standard health care services. Here’s what you should know:

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If you have health insurance, best option is to contact your doctor or health plan to get tested. Doctors and health plans are responsible for providing free out of pocket COVID-19 testing to patients assigned to them.

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If your employer or school requires a test, go through your job or educational facility to get tested.

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If you don’t have health insurance, you can get a free COVID-19 test at the participating locations listed at

Antigen testing kits are widely available at county libraries, community-based organizations and other participating locations.
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Testing is currently recommended, regardless of vaccination, if you:

  • Have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Have been a “close contact” to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days  *If you have had a positive test for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you do not need to get tested as long as you do not have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Are returning from international travel, even if you are fully vaccinated
  • Are part of an outbreak investigation
    If you live or work in a place where other people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you may need to be tested, even if you are fully vaccinated or had COVID-19 in the past.
  • Are NOT fully vaccinated and
    • Work or study in a place where COVID-19 vaccination or regular testing is required
    • Participate in organized youth sports, including school sports teams.
    • Are a teacher or student in school
    • Traveled outside of California (within the United States). Testing is recommended 1-3 days before and 3-5 days after travel. See Travel Advisory

For more information, visit the COVID-19 Testing page on the LA County Department of Public Health website.

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