The L.A. County Department of Health Services has launched a new program designed to increase and facilitate access to COVID-19 tests for L.A. County residents unable to obtain appointments. The program will allow residents to pick up a PCR test kit, perform the test and return the completed kit to designated locations for processing. Residents will be notified of their test results within 24-48 hours.
The “Pick-Up Testing Kit” program is the latest in a series of L.A. County efforts designed to expand testing capacity as demand grows across the county. Recent efforts to increase capacity include increasing the days and hours of operation for existing sites, adding mobile testing units, and providing intermittent availability of-home-testing kits via mail.
The new program will operate at 13 testing sites across the county. The kits will be available without an appointment and until daily supplies are exhausted. The kits will test for both COVID-19 and influenza (A and B), the same as all L.A. County operated testing locations.
“We look forward to reducing the waiting time to get tested for individuals unable to book an appointment,” said Paula Siler RN, MS Director of Community Mobile Testing Operations at the L.A. County Department of Health Services. “Once all 13 Pick-Up Testing locations are fully operating and once our Home Testing Kit by mail program is simultaneously relaunched later this week, we will have successfully added over 10,000 additional daily Covid tests available to the residents of LA County.”
For details and a full listing of “Pick-Up Testing Kit” locations and hours of operation, visit: Pick-Up Testing Kit.
The kits are available to all L.A. County residents who are experiencing symptoms or believe they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. To preserve limited resources, the tests are not intended for use by those testing as a requirement to return to school, work or participate in other activities where routine testing is mandated. The kits offer only PCR testing not rapid testing.
Residents who need to get tested as part of a requirement for work, school or other activities should seek testing via their employer, school district or the entity requiring the testing.
LA County residents can find COVID-19 testing sites at covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/
All testing locations listed within the county testing website offer COVID-19 tests at no out-of-pocket cost, regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status.
Only the testing sites listed within the LA County COVID-19 testing website have been vetted by LA County. L.A. County does not have oversight over testing sites not directly operated by the L.A. County Department of Health Services.