Coronavirus
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What L.A. County Residents and Employers Need to Know About COVID-19 Testing Now
The county is strongly encouraging residents who have insurance to first contact their primary care provider for testing. If you are unable to receive testing through your provider, please visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing for availability at a Los Angeles County, Los Angeles City, state-operated or community testing site such as CVS.

 

COVID-19 Testing
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommends diagnostic testing for persons who:

  • Have signs or symptoms of COVID-19
    • Individuals who have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should be tested regardless of vaccination status or recent history of previous infection.
  • Are a close contact to a confirmed case, regardless of vaccination status
    • Testing is not recommended for asymptomatic close contacts who have recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 within the past 3 months (90 days).
  • Are part of an outbreak investigation and response and/or case investigation
    • Testing is recommended regardless of vaccination status. Investigations may include testing of asymptomatic persons with recent history of previous infection as directed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
The goals of diagnostic testing are to identify persons actively infected with COVID-19 (based on symptoms or exposure) to help guide clinical and infection control decisions.

Visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing to find a testing location near you.

Please note, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is asking people with insurance to first contact their medical provider to request COVID-19 testing through their own networks to ensure the testing sites help those who need it the most. If you're unsure if you need a test, check with your health care provider. If you don’t have a health care provider, call 211 to get a referral. If you are experiencing acute symptoms such as severe shortness of breath or are in distress related to COVID-19 symptoms, contact your physician. If it is an emergency, dial 911.

Learn more about testing here.


COVID-19 Testing

BCHD will be reviving its COVID-19 testing efforts specifically for school and city partners, including required testing for student athletes and some staff. BCHD will also be providing COVID-19 testing for symptomatic students or staff, or those with a close contact with a known case, on an appointment-only basis. This information will be provided directly through your school.


Nearby Testing Sites on the LA County COVID-19 Testing website that offer no-cost (free) testing

  • Angeles Community Health Center – Gardena (1030 W. Gardena Blvd., Gardena)
    No appointment necessary - register in person (Walk-up only)
  • The Forum Kiosk by the County of Los Angeles (3900 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood)
    No appointment necessary - register in person (Walk-up only)
  • Crenshaw Kiosk by the City of Los Angeles (5732 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles)
    No appointment necessary - register in person (Walk-up only)
  • Providence Wellness & Activity Center by OptumServe (470 N. Hawaiian Ave, Wilmington)
    By appointment (Walk-up only)
  • Gonzales Park by the County of Los Angeles (1101 W. Cressey St, Compton)
    No appointment necessary - register in person (Walk-up only)
  • MLK Medical Campus by the County of Los Angeles (12021 S. Wilmington Ave., Los Angeles)
    No appointment necessary - register in person (Walk-up only)
  • Total Testing Solutions - Ladera Heights (5401 S Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles)
    No appointment necessary - register in person (Drive-up and walk-up)

Participating community clinics, providers and other agencies may ask for your insurance information or ask you to enroll in a government program so that they can get reimbursed for the cost of the test. If you are unable or unwilling to provide this information, some sites may charge a sliding scale fee. The County does not endorse or regulate all COVID-19 testing sites. Please make sure to read and ask about any costs for a COVID-19 test.

Pharmacies: If an individual does not provide insurance information, PCR testing at CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid begins at $139 with a 2-3 day turnaround for results.

Urgent Cares and Private and Independent Health Centers: Many health care centers offer different types of COVID-19 testing. The turnaround time for results can take 15 minutes for antigen testing to 2-3 days for molecular and antibody testing. Check with your health insurance if the health care centers are in-network and if your plan covers the costs and fees for COVID-19 testing.

Testing Sites in the Beach Cities

Hermosa Beach

  • CVS Pharmacy—Hermosa Beach (155 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach)
    310-372-4345
    Test type: Molecular Lab test (PCR)
    Drive-thru testing by appointment, referral not required, testing for all patients ages 3 and up
  • CVS Pharmacy—Hermosa Beach (4235 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach)
    310-373-6847
    Test type: Rapid-result antigen test
    Testing by appointment, referral not required, testing for all patients ages 3 and up

Manhattan Beach

Redondo Beach

  • CVS Pharmacy—Redondo Beach (316 Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach)
    310-540-9183
    Test type: Molecular Lab test (PCR)
    Drive-thru testing by appointment, referral not required, testing for all patients ages 3 and up
  • Exer Urgent Care—Redondo Beach (725 S Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach)
    424-296-3100
    Test Type: PCR, Antigen
  • Same Day Health—Redondo Beach (401 S Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach CA 90277)
    Test Type: PCR, Rapid Antigen
    Outdoor walk up, virtual doctor consultation required, insurance accepted
  • UCLA Health Redondo Beach Primary & Specialty Care (514 N Prospect Ave, Unit 103, Redondo Beach)
    310-937-8555
    Appointment required, referral required, tests limited to certain patients
  • Walgreens—Redondo Beach (2321 Hawthorne Blvd, Redondo Beach)
    Test Type: Diagnostic Lab Test (PCR)
    Testing by appointment, referral not required, testing for all patients ages 3 and up
    Drive-thru testing available

El Segundo

  • Walgreens—El Segundo (331 N Pacific Coast Highway, El Segundo, 90245)
    Test Type: Diagnostic Lab Test (PCR)
    Testing by appointment, referral not required, testing for all patients ages 3 and up
    Drive-thru testing available

Torrance

  • Walgreens—Torrance (4142 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance 90505)
    Test Type: Diagnostic Lab Test (PCR)
    Testing by appointment, referral not required, testing for all patients ages 3 and up
    Drive-thru testing available
  • Walgreens—Torrance (2976 Sepulveda Blvd, Torrance CA 90505)
    Test Type: Diagnostic Lab Test (PCR)
    Testing by appointment, referral not required, testing for all patients ages 3 and up
    Drive-thru testing available

Gardena

  • Rite Aid—Gardena (1208 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, 90247)
    (310) 372-9029
    Drive-thru testing by appointment only, referral not required, testing for all patients ages 4 and up

BCHD COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination Site Successes


FAQs on COVID-19 Antibody Testing
What is antibody testing?
Antibody testing is a serum or blood test for antibodies to COVID-19. These tests can show if an individual has or has had the infection whether symptomatic or not.

What does antibody testing tell us?
Antibody testing tells us if an individual has or has had the infection but does not prove immunity at this time. More research needs to be done. 

What is the purpose of antibody testing?
Antibody testing helps us better understand how widespread COVID-19 is in our community, especially among individuals who have been infected and show no symptoms. 

Plasma Donations
If you’ve recovered from COVID-19, you may have antibodies in your plasma that attack the virus. Please consider donating plasma to help those in need. Visit UCLA Health or the American Red Cross for more information.