COVID Testing

The COVID-19 testing sites on the LA County COVID-19 Testing website offer no-cost (free) testing.

The City of Los Angeles also offers free COVID-19 testing.

U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) has also partnered with pharmacies and retail companies to accelerate testing for more Americans in communities across the country. View the HHS website for more information.

These companies are coordinating with state and local governments to:

  • Provide Americans with faster, less invasive and more convenient testing
  • Protect healthcare personnel by eliminating direct-contact with symptomatic individuals
  • Expand testing to communities across the United States, especially those that are under-tested  and socially vulnerable

Please visit these companies' websites to learn more about their efforts to provide timely and accessible COVID-19 testing or to schedule an appointment.

No-cost testing is available at local health centers and select pharmacies:

 

Please be sure to get tested if you:

  • Have COVID-19 symptoms: Talk to a doctor and get tested - even if you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the past. 
  • Have been a “close contact” to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days: If you are fully vaccinated or 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 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.

If you think you need a test, the County encourages you to call your doctor first. Testing is best done by a healthcare provider, so that they can monitor your care.  If you do not have a doctor or are unable to contact them, dial 2-1-1 for a referral to a provider. Find a community testing site near you by visiting the County of Los Angeles COVID-19 Testing web page. Other private COVID-19 testing may be available.

Please note: a COVID-19 test will not protect you and others around you from the virus. Even if you receive a negative result, you should practice physical distancing, wear a face covering, and wash your hands frequently. A negative COVID-19 test does not guarantee that you do not have the virus. With widespread community transmission, there is a daily risk of being infected with COVID-19.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing in LA County.