Coronavirus
Testing

It is important to get a COVID-19 test, even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines:

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you have been a "close contact" to someone with COVID-19. See ph.lacounty.gov/covidquarantine.
  • If you have COVID-19, to see if you can end isolation early. See ph.lacounty.gov/covidisolation.
  • Before and after travel. See Los Angeles County’s Travel Advisory for current recommendations.
  • Before or after attending a gathering or event.
  • For screening (schools, workplaces, venues, etc.).
  • If recommended by a healthcare professional or the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Note: There may be other settings that have their own testing requirements.

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. Learn more about testing here.


COVID-19 Testing Options

Through your medical provider:
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.

At-Home:

  • Through the federal government: Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order three sets of four free at-⁠home tests. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them. Learn more here.
  • Through Los Angeles County: The Los Angeles County Home Test Collection program offers an at-home nasal swab test kit via mail to Los Angeles County residents who meet the following criteria: have symptoms of COVID-19, or think you were exposed to COVID-19. Home test collection kits are provided at no cost to you and are available on a limited basis. Learn more here.
  • Through insurance companies and group health plans: Beginning January 15, 2022, individuals with private health insurance coverage or covered by a group health plan who purchase an over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized, cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be able to have those test costs covered by their plan or insurance. Insurance companies and health plans are required to cover eight free over-the-counter at-home tests per covered individual per month up to $12 per individual test. Your health plan may cover the cost of your test if they have a network of pharmacies or retailers already setup. Alternatively, they may provide you reimbursement for the cost of over-the-counter tests regardless of the price if they have yet to set up a network of pharmacies or retailers. The best way to find out is to contact your health plan or insurer to determine if they provide direct coverage or if you might need to submit a claim for reimbursement. Residents can visit covidtests.gov for more information on reimbursement requirements.

Pick-Up:
Los Angeles County’s Pick-Up Testing Kit program allows residents to pick up a PCR test kit, perform the test and return the completed test to designated sites for processing. Residents will be notified of their test results within 24-48 hours. Pick-Up Testing Kits are provided at no cost to you if you meet the following criteria:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19 

Or

  • Think you were exposed to COVID-19.

Please note the Pick-Up Testing Kits are not for use by those testing as requirement to return to school, work or participating in team sports. Learn more here.

Testing Locations:
There are many testing locations across the County including YMCA sites, pharmacies and urgent care centers. 

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)
    Appointment required - click here or visit https://book.curative.com/sites/25783
  • Providence Wellness & Activity Center by OptumServe (470 N. Hawaiian Ave, Wilmington)
    No appointment necessary
  • 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)|
    Appointment required
  • Total Testing Solutions - Ladera Heights (5401 S Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles)
    Appointment required

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.

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.

YMCA: Free COVID-19 tests are available at the YMCA. No appointments are necessary and PCR tests will be administered at the sites with results available in 24 to 48 hours. Please call the YMCA for more information.

Testing Sites near 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

  • The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce & the City of Manhattan Beach have collaborated with Health Unite & Northrop Grumman to offer a safe & reliable (free) testing site to the South Bay community. (1 Space Park Drive, Redondo Beach)
    Test Type: PCR, Antigen
    Drive-thru testing. No appointment required, easy check in. Certified testing results for international flights, concerts, events, and more!
  • 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
    Appointments required, schedule appointment online, virtual doctor consultation not required, insurance accept
  • 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
  • COVID Clinic—Torrance (3 Del Amo Circle Blvd, Torrance CA 90503)
    Test Type: Diagnostic Lab Test (PCR) & Antigen Test
    Walk-ins accepted, referral not required
    Drive-thru testing 
  • Torrance-South Bay YMCA
    2900 W Sepulveda Boulevard, Torrance, CA, 90505
    Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
    Saturday, 8:00am-12:00pm

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
  • Gardena-Carson Family YMCA 
    1000 W Artesia Boulevard, Gardena, CA, 90248
    Monday-Saturday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Los Angeles

  • Weingart YMCA Wellness & Aquatic Center 
    9900 S Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90044
    Monday-Friday, 7:00am-12:00pm & 4:00pm-7:30pm

Culver City

  • Culver-Palms Family YMCA
    4500 Sepulveda Boulevard, Culver City, CA, 90230 (Rear Parking Lot)
    Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
    Saturday, 8:00am-12:00pm

San Pedro

  • San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA 
    301 S Bandini Street, San Pedro, CA, 90731
    Monday-Friday, 8:00am-6:00pm 
    Saturday, 7:00am-11:00am

Westchester

  • Westchester Family YMCA 
    8015 S Sepulveda Boulevard, Westchester, CA, 90045
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
    Wednesday, 8:00am-3:00pm 
    Saturday, 8:00am-12:00pm

Wilmington

  • Wilmington YMCA 
    1127 N Avalon Boulevard, Wilmington, CA, 90744
    Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

COVID-19 School & City Testing 

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is wrapping up its final days of the 2021-2022 school year supporting Hermosa Beach City School District (HBCSD), Manhattan Beach Unified School District (MBUSD) and Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD) with COVID-19 testing for the following persons on an appointment-only basis:

  • Student athletes
  • Staff requiring weekly testing
  • Students and staff who are symptomatic
  • Students and staff who are close contacts to a known case
  • Students and staff participating in optional weekly testing

Starting Monday, June 6, BCHD’s testing operations at 514 N. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach, located in the former Child Development Center will be reduced to the following final days from 2-5 p.m.:

Monday, June 6, 2022

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Friday, June 10, 2022

Monday, June 13, 2022

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Friday, June 17, 2022

(After June 17, 2022, BCHD will no longer be offering COVID-19 testing.)

  • You will need an appointment to be tested. Walk-ups will not be accepted. If you have tested at this location before, a distinct appointment will need to be made each time.
  • BCHD COVID-19 testing is processed with Fulgent Genetics, which is a lab-based PCR test. Results will be provided to the email address on file within 24-48 hours.
  • Testing is provided at no-cost to you through billing your insurance provider. If you have insurance, please be ready to provide that information when you register.
  • Please see the FAQs for more information about the test, receiving results and more.

COVID-19 Treatment Options

Residents who test positive for COVID-19 and are at elevated risk for severe illness, should promptly call their doctor to see if they qualify for one of the outpatient treatments such as the new oral medications (Paxlovid and Molnupiravir) or injectable treatments (Bebtelovimab and Remdesivir). These treatments work best when taken as soon as possible after symptom onset. Residents who cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccination for medical reasons, or their immune system is not strong enough to mount a response to the vaccine, should speak to their provider about Evusheld, an injectable medicine that is used to prevent COVID-19 infections. Note, Sotrovimab is no longer authorized by the FDA for use in California due to increases of the Omicron sub-variant BA.2.

All therapeutics must be prescribed by a healthcare provider and are free, although the treating facility may charge for administering the treatment.

All outpatient treatments are for use in those who are at high risk for severe illness. Paxlovid and Bebtelovimab are restricted to those 12 years and older weighing at least 88 pounds. Molnupiravir is restricted to those 18 and over while Remdisivir can be used in both children and adults. Evusheld is available for anyone 12 and older weighing at least 88 pounds who has not been exposed to COVID-19 and can’t get a COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons, or who may not respond well to a vaccine because they have a weak immune system due to a medical condition or treatment.

While therapeutics are a powerful tool to combat COVID-19, they are not a substitute for vaccinations. Being fully vaccinated and boosted continues to offer the strongest layer of protection for residents, especially as the County may encounter new variants or another surge.

Los Angeles County residents who would like to access these treatments or have questions on which treatment is right for them should contact their medical provider or call the COVID-19 information line at 833-540-0473, 8 a.m. - 8:30 pm daily. Click here for more information.

 


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.