New “Pick-Up Testing Kit” Program to Help Meet COVID-19 Surge Demand

LA County Department of Health Services launched a new program designed to increase and facilitate access to COVID-19 tests for LA County residents unable to obtain appointments.  The program will allow residents to pick up a PCR test kit, perform the test, and return the completed kit to designated locations for processing. Residents will be notified of their test results within 24-48 hours.

The Pick-Up Testing Kit program is the latest in a series of LA County efforts designed to expand testing capacity as demand grows across the county. Recent efforts to increase capacity include increasing the days and hours of operation for existing sites, adding mobile testing units, and providing intermittent availability of Home Testing Kits via mail.

The new Pick-Up Testing Kit program will operate at 13 testing sites across LA County. Pick-Up Test Kits will be available without an appointment and until daily supplies are exhausted. The Pick-Up Testing Kits will test for both COVID-19 and Influenza (A and B), the same as all LA County operated testing locations. 

For details and a full listing of Pick-Up Testing Kit locations and hours of operation please visit LA County’s Pick-Up Testing Kit web page.

The City of Culver City recommends testing sites approved by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. All testing locations listed within the County testing website offer COVID-19 tests at no out-of-pocket cost, regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status.

It is important that LA County and Culver City residents understand that not all COVID-19 testing sites within the LA County region are affiliated or operated by LA County. COVID-19 testing sites are also being operated by private companies, private health care systems and local municipalities and some of these privately operated sites do charge for their testing services.

Only the testing sites listed within the LA County COVID-19 testing website have been vetted by LA County.

There are approximately 260 COVID-19 testing locations listed in the LA County COVID-19 testing site, of those, the County operates about 66 community sites and 7 State sites. The remaining locations are operated by testing partners.

Testing partner sites listed on LA County’s website are sites that have been pre-screened by LA County to ensure that they offer testing with no out-of-pocket cost, regardless of health insurance or immigration status and that they offer testing using a test approved by the FDA.

LA County does not have oversight over testing sites not directly operated by the LA County Department of Health Services.

Other Ways to Get Tested

  • At your doctor’s office. If you need help finding a doctor, call 2-1-1 or visit 211LA
  • In a pharmacy. Many pharmacies offer free COVID-19 viral tests. Call or visit the website of your local pharmacy for details.
  • At home. Home collection kits and self-tests kits are available by prescription and over the counter (OTC). For home collection kits, you collect the sample at home and then send it to a lab or test site for processing. For self-tests kits, you collect the sample and do the test yourself. Visit the CDC self-testing website to learn more.

For information about testing children, see COVID-19 Testing Resources for Children.

Visit Community-Based Testing Sites for COVID-19 to locate no-cost testing at local health centers or select pharmacies.

Beware of COVID-19 testing scams – visit LA County’s COVID-19 scams and fraud page for more information.


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