As of Sunday, January 9, 2022, there were 45,584 new cases of COVID in Los Angeles County. According to the New York Times national cases on January 11, 2022 are up more than 204% from the past two weeks. Now is the moment to recommit to all the health conscious efforts to decreasing the spread, and taking care of yourself and the people around you.
Locally, testing is available through Heal360, at an open-air location behind the Culver-Palms YMCA at 4500 Sepulveda Blvd. The site is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. You can make an appointment online or just show up and register at the site. Go to ymcala.org for details.
PRC tests will be administered at the sites, with results available in 24 to 48 hours.
Please be sure to get tested if you:
- Have COVID-19 symptoms: Talk to a doctor and get tested – even if you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the past.
- Have been a “close contact” to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days: If you are fully vaccinated or you have had a positive test for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you do not need to get tested as long as you do not have symptoms of COVID-19.
- Are part of an outbreak investigation.If you live or work in a place where other people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you may need to be tested, even if you are fully vaccinated or had COVID-19 in the past.
If you think you need a test, the County encourages you to call your doctor first. Testing is best done by a healthcare provider, so that they can monitor your care. If you do not have a doctor or are unable to contact them, dial 2-1-1 for a referral to a provider. Find a community testing site near you by visiting the County of Los Angeles COVID-19 Testing web page. Other private COVID-19 testing may be available.
If you have not been exposed, you do not need a test. Please reserve the tests for people in need.
Please note: a COVID-19 test will not protect you and others around you from the virus. Even if you receive a negative result, you should practice physical distancing, wear a face covering, and wash your hands frequently. A negative COVID-19 test does not guarantee that you do not have the virus. With widespread community transmission, there is a daily risk of being infected with COVID-19.
Mask up, wash your hands, and stay six feet away from anyone who is not a member of your household.
For mental health issues, call the Cal Hope Warm Line at 833-317-4673, for peer counseling. The peer counselors listen with compassion, provide non-judgmental support and guide you to additional resources that can give hope and help you cope.