UPDATED September 29, 2020

What L.A. County Residents and Employers Need to Know About COVID-19 Testing Now

Appointments for COVID-19 testing at Los Angeles County sites have been filling up quickly. The county is strongly encouraging residents who have insurance to first contact their primary care provider for testing. If you are unable to receive testing through your provider, please continue to check the site for availability at Los Angeles County sites, or make an appointment at a Los Angeles City, state-operated or community testing site such as CVS by visiting We recognize the importance of COVID-19 tests during these unprecedented times and apologize for any inconvenience. 


COVID-19 Testing
We have been working with Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the city of Redondo Beach and Providence Little Company of Mary to support COVID-19 testing efforts in Redondo Beach.

All tests will be by appointment only. These tests are free of charge. Los Angeles County has established a website with Fulgent to schedule appointments.

Los Angeles County's testing criteria includes:

  • Those who have COVID-19 symptoms: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea
  • Those who have a known exposure to COVID-19, including those who were in close contact with someone with COVID-19 
  • Those who live or work in a high-risk setting (such as skilled nursing facilities, group homes, residential care facilities and persons experiencing homelessness) 
  • In accordance with California Department of Health Testing Guidance, testing is also available when there is additional testing capacity if you do not have symptoms and you are an essential worker with frequent contacts with the public in these sectors: health care, emergency services, food and grocery, retail or manufacturing, public transportation, and education. To view a complete list of the essential worker's group from the California Department of Public Health, click here.

If you're unsure if you need a test, check with your health care provider. Unless you have specific symptoms, live in a high-risk setting or have had close contact with someone who has a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, you may not need to be tested, and your health care provider can talk with you about your concerns.

If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 to get a referral. Essential workers should also consider their risk exposure history in consultation with their provider, their occupational health advisor and public health.

If you are a Kaiser Permanente member, click here to get testing and services through your provider's system.

Click here to determine eligibility and schedule a COVID-19 test

To prepare for your appointment, watch this video

Note: 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.

For more questions about testing, please visit for answers to frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Testing Through Your Health Care Provider
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 a person develops symptoms of COVID-19 and has reason to believe they may have been exposed, they should call their health care provider or local health department before seeking care. Please do not call 911 to request testing for COVID-19 and please do not go to local emergency rooms unless you are seriously ill and require emergency care.  If you don’t have a provider, call 2-1-1 for help finding a clinician near you.

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. 

LA County and USC COVID-19 Antibody Testing 
LA County and the USC Price School of Public Policy conducted a COVID-19 antibody study, in order to better understand and track the spread of COVID-19 in LA County. A random sample of 1,000 LA County adults living within 10 miles of testing sites were contacted for participation. They were selected to create a representative sample of LA County's adult population. Tests were conducted on April 10-11 across six testing sites in the county. 

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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

There is currently no vaccine available for COVID-19. Here are a couple vaccine trials underway in Southern California.

Kaiser Permanente Southern California is now participating in a new research study for a COVID-19 vaccine. Enrollment will be limited, and participants will need to travel to the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Adults 18-85 years old who are not pregnant, in good general health and have not been previously diagnosed with COVID-19 can participate in the study. Click here for more information.

The Lundquist Institute, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health and AstraZeneca, is conducting a study on a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZenaca. The priority is to enroll adults in the study who do not have a documented history of having the virus and are at highest risk of either getting COVID-19 or of suffering more severe illness if they do get the virus. This includes the following groups: people with medical conditions, people of color and people aged 60+. Click here for more information.

View guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health for people interested in clinical/vaccine trials here.