|Community Testing Sites
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Where can I get a PCR test?
1. Your primary care provider: Check with your healthcare provider on how to get tested if you are symptomatic.
2. CVS Minute Clinic: CVS is offering PCR testing. Go to their website (CVS Minute Clinic), type in your zip code and the website will offer the closest minute clinic near you. Follow the onscreen instructions to set your appointment.
Additional testing resources can be found via the California Department of Public Health's website here.
Where can I get a rapid antigen test?
CVS Minute Clinic: CVS is offering antigen testing. Go to their website (CVS Minute Clinic), type in your zip code and the website will offer the closest minute clinic near you. Follow the onscreen instructions to set your appointment.
CVS will have many different brands of rapid antigen tests. Please be sure to read the directions to determine what age groups the test is authorized for.
Types of COVID-19 Tests
There are two different diagnostic tests that detect if you have an active COVID-19 infection:
- Molecular tests, also known as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. PCR tests detect the presence of a virus if you have the virus at the time of the test. The test could also detect fragments of the virus, even after you are no longer infectious. The average turnaround time is one to three days, depending on lab processing. If you test positive, please take steps to isolate yourself.
- Antigen tests, also known as rapid tests or at-home tests. Antigen tests detect the presence of a specific viral antigen. The rapid antigen tests are accurate and typically correlates with infectiousness. The results may come back in as little as 15 to 45 minutes. You can also visit our Isolation and Exposure page and follow the instructions about what to do if infected.
Test to Treat
For test-to-treat options, please reach out to your healthcare provider.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) provides FREE virtual COVID-19 visits for Californians ages 12 and up to support uninsured and underinsured individuals within the State of California who cannot connect with a healthcare provider within 24 hours of receiving a positive test result. If you are insured, please try to reach out to your healthcare provider first. If you have difficulty doing so within 24 hours of your positive result, you may proceed with booking via sesamecare.com/covid. COVID-19 medications must be taken within 5-7 days of symptoms starting to be effective. COVID-19 medications are only approved for those who have symptoms.
At-Home Test Kits are now "Free"
As of January 15th, health insurance companies will be required to reimburse Americans for eight at-home rapid test kits per person a month. If an individual has been directed to undergo COVID-19 testing by their healthcare provider because of underlying health conditions or other factors, there is no limit on the number of tests covered. Health insurance carriers can establish in-network pharmacies where the cost will be covered up front, and cap coverage at out-of-network retailers at $12 per test. For more information, please reach out to your healthcare provider.
What if I don't have health insurance? For those who are uninsured, locations are being established where you can pick up free at-home rapid tests. Some community health clinics are offering free at-home rapid kits. For a list of community clinics, click here.
Where Can I Find Free COVID-19 Tests?
For up-to-date information on testing sites, visit the CDC No-Cost Testing Locator. Information about getting at-home tests free through medical insurance and additional testing site resources are available at How to Get Tested.
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