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Drive-up testing sites open up

Drive-up testing sites open up

The testing sites are operated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at:

Additional sites in Long Beach, Lancaster and Pasadena are being planned.

Testing is by appointment only. Walk-up appointments are not available.

Tests are limited to residents of L.A. County who are in the most high-risk categories and most vulnerable:

  • Those with COVID-19 symptoms who are 65 and older
  • Those with symptoms who have underlying chronic health conditions
  • Those who are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period due to a confirmed COVID-19 exposure (with more than 7 days of quarantine remaining).

For questions about testing, please visit L.A. County's FAQ site or call L.A. County's information line at 211.

Anyone interested in getting tested must first register on the screening website, coronavirus.lacity.org/Testing.

This first step determines if people are eligible to be tested. At the website, individuals are asked to answer basic questions including name, date of birth, address, and whether they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing.

The website (in real time) determines and confirms an individual’s testing eligibility. Those who receive confirmation of testing eligibility will then be given a selection of testing sites, available appointment times to complete the test registration process. The registration number will be required information at the testing site.

All of the testing locations are “drive-up” — clients stay in their cars for tests (though pedestrian clients with appointments can be tested as well).

There are two types of tests: a nasal swab and an oral swab. The nasal swab is administered by trained hospital or fire department staff. The oral swabs are self-administered, meaning clients must swab their own mouths/throats using instructions provided to them at the site. The testing process takes between 5 and 10 minutes, however waiting times may vary.

More information and frequently asked questions are available at covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/.

For people who prefer not to visit a drive-through test center, there are a limited number of tests available at a walk-in clinic. Select the Carbon Health-Echo Park location on the appointment registration website,