Coronavirus
Testing
All residents across Los Angeles County should continue getting tested to help reduce the spread, especially if you traveled for the holidays, have had a possible exposure, or have symptoms, or are gathering with people not in your household.

 

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.


Insurance Companies and Group Health Plans to Cover the Cost of At-Home COVID-19 Tests

As part of its ongoing efforts across many channels to expand Americans’ access to free testing, the Biden-Harris Administration is requiring insurance companies and group health plans to cover the cost of over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests, so people with private health coverage can get them for free starting January 15. The new coverage requirement means that most consumers with private health coverage can go online or to a pharmacy or store, buy a test, and either get it paid for up front by their health plan, or get reimbursed for the cost by submitting a claim to their plan. This requirement incentivizes insurers to cover these costs up front and ensures individuals do not need an order from their health care provider to access these tests for free.

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 8 free over-the-counter at-home tests per covered individual per month. That means a family of four, all on the same plan, would be able to get up to 32 of these tests covered by their health plan per month. There is no limit on the number of tests, including at-home tests, that are covered if ordered or administered by a health care provider following an individualized clinical assessment, including for those who may need them due to underlying medical conditions. Learn more here.


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.

Branches that offer COVID-19 Testing:

Anderson Munger Family YMCA
4301 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90020
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm

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

East Valley Family YMCA
5142 Tujunga Avenue, North Hollywood, CA, 91601
Monday, 9:00am-2:00pm

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

Mid Valley Family YMCA
6901 Lennox Avenue, Van Nuys, CA, 91405
Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm

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

Torrance-South Bay YMCA 
2900 W Sepulveda Boulevard, Torrance, CA, 90505
Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, 8:00am-12:00pm

Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA 
2900 Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90023
Tuesday, 10:00am-4:00pm

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

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

West Valley Family YMCA 
18810 Vanowen Street, Reseda, CA, 91335
Thursday-Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm

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


Los Angeles County Pick-Up and At-Home Testing Options

Pick-Up Testing Kit:

The 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. Click here to learn more.

Home Test Collection Program (TEMPORARILY PAUSED):

The Los Angeles County Home Test Collection program offers all Los Angeles County residents with an at-home testing nasal swab kit via mail. Home test collection 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.

Click here to learn more.

 


COVID-19 School & City Testing 

Due to increased demand, both pre-registration and walk-ins are now being accepted for Beach Cities students, staff and city employees through Friday, Jan. 14. For questions, please call our School Well-Being Line at (310) 374-3426, option 2, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) continues to support 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 Wednesday, November 10, BCHD’s testing site will move from the Administrative Offices at 1200 Del Amo Street to BCHD’s main campus at 514 N. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach, located in the former Child Development Center. Testing will take place from 2-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  

Testing will continue on-campus at Redondo Union High School on Mondays specifically for those RBUSD student athletes and staff requiring weekly testing. 

In addition to the location change, the following changes will be implemented starting Wednesday, Nov. 10:  

  • You will need an appointment to be tested. Walk-ups will not be accepted. For those testing weekly, an appointment will need to be made each week.  
  • BCHD will transition COVID-19 testing from Cue Health to 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.  

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.

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
    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 

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.