Anybody Can Get Tested for COVID-19 in LA and County of LA

There will be four new sites operated by the County of LA this week that will offer appointments for COVID-19 tests.

Due to this expansion, County-supported testing sites will have the capacity to test up to 55,000 residents a week.   

VISIT: https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/ or https://coronavirus.lacity.org/testing to view the full list of testing sites and make an appointment.

AUGUST 10: 

Compton – Gonzales Park – 1001 W. Cressey St., Compton, CA 90222 – opening Monday, August 10th

Florence Firestone – Leon Washington Park Community Center, 8908 Maie Ave., Los Angeles CA 90002 – opening Monday, August 10th

-Two additional sites, operated by Optum Serve, will be adding additional capacity starting Monday, August 10th:

-California State University, Los Angeles - 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032

-Hawthorne Memorial Center - Betty Ainsworth Sports Center - 3851 W El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250

AUGUST 11:

Azusa – Memorial Park Gymnasium - 340 N. Orange Ave., Azusa, CA 91702 – opening Tuesday, August 11th

AUGUST 12:

MacArthur Park – Mexican Consulate – 2401 W. 6th, Los Angeles, CA 90057 – opening Wednesday, August 12th

Last week, LA county added more appointments at County operated COVID-19 testing sites. On August 4, there will be a walk-up testing site at the MLK Medical Campus at 12021 S. Wilmington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90059.

3 NEW TESTING SITES ADDED IN LA COUNTY

LA County is adding three new COVID-19 testing sites today and this week.

Now health officials are urging those with COVID-19 symptoms to get tested or if you think you've been exposed or if you're a frontline healthcare worker. In the past, there was a shortage of tests as everyone scrambled to get tested.

By the end of this week, these additional sites will have the capacity to test almost 2,000 residents a day, five days a week.

South Gate Park - 4900 Southern Ave – opening July 27th

Montebello Civic Center ­-1600 W. Beverly Blvd – opening July 28th

Panorama City - 14665 Roscoe Blvd – opening July 29th

The City of Los Angeles last week opened a new site at the VA Parking Lot 15, at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

“Our communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 due to decades of systemic inequities and this is unacceptable,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis in a press release. “While a County testing site may ask for insurance information in order to recover costs, no one will be turned away for being uninsured. We will not allow financial barriers or immigration status to get in the way of access to COVID-19 testing. With today’s announcement of these new testing sites, we are demonstrating that LA County continues to equitably distribute resources to make sure historically underinvested communities do not continue to bear the brunt of this crisis.”

MORE TESTS ADDED AT CITY SITES

In the past where so much testing was done - the most since the pandemic began - Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Friday there would be 18,000 more tests added to city testing sites next week.

Garcetti said there has been a surge in demand adding all tests are booked up for Saturday now and tests will be added for Monday.

At city sites to meet the demand, 18,000 additional tests will be added, according to Garcetti Friday. He said the city and county have now tested more than 1 million people through the drive-through and walk-up testing sites.

Earlier in the week, Garcetti tackled the subject of testing Wednesday and who should be tested as demand shoots up and cases and hospitalizations surge in LA and LA County.

Garcetti said on Tuesday at LA County and city sites 20,000 COVID-19 tests were performed, a new record.

He said the next two days are booked up but they are adding more testing for this Saturday and into next week. He said the surge in states like Texas, Florida and other states have caused labs to be past capacity.

"I want to be clear that the ones we have here are able to respond quickly," he said.

"Testing remains a critical tool," he said.  Garcetti said "we hear every single day that there are not enough tests. We are building that up."

Just today, health officials are urging ONLY those who have symptoms or have had known contact with the virus to get tested as demand for testing builds. 

Garcetti said the city get questions on whether everyone should get tested and how often.

He said like LA County gave guidance today, that tests should be prioritized for those who have symptoms or think they've been exposed or essential workers or work in high-risk environments.  

He said "a COVID-19 test is not an excuse to break the rules and engage in social gatherings outside your household...A test is not a passport to party." 

The daily positivity rate (a composite of a 7-day rolling average) is 10.4%, a rate that Los Angeles County hasn’t seen since late-April. Right now, there are more than 3,600 deaths from COVID-19 in LA County and more than 123,000 COVID-19 cases. 

In LA County, the LA County Public Health Director has issued a warning about the coronavirus outbreak as cases and hospitalizations surge. 

Go to coronavirus.lacity.org/testing

DODGER STADIUM BACK UP AND RUNNING AFTER FOURTH OF JULY

A day after the largest COVID-19 site in the Los Angeles region was closed due to the July 4 holiday, the Dodger Stadium testing site is back up and running Tuesday.

The Dodger Stadium site was closed Friday, Saturday and Monday, according to reporting from the Mayor's official spokesperson.

Find out where to schedule an appointment to get a COVID-19 test: https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/

Last month, LA County announced in an emailed press release that free COVID-19 testing is available in Los Angeles County for next-day appointments at a variety of sites.

Currently, there are four sites with availability subject to change below. Visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing for an up-to-date list of sites that have availability, as this may change over the course of the day.

These are the following locations where individuals can register for an appointment:

Crenshaw Christian Center: 7901 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 90044

Dodger Stadium: 1101 Scott Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012

Lincoln Park: 3501 Valley Boulevard., Los Angeles, 90095

West Valley - Warner Center: 6097 Canoga Avenue, Woodland Hills, 91367

Also last month, the registration website for COVID-19 testing at the LA City and County supported sites was showing no appointments available.

All available appointments for that week in June were full. 

In a press release, LA County stated that "the lack of availability is primarily due to LA City not opening slots for registration at City-operated sites beyond tomorrow, June 24, as they migrate to a new vendor and registration platform; in addition to paring back testing sites and slots."

"All LA County supported testing sites, which had appointments opened through Friday, June 26, are also full. LA County is also experiencing high demand at the State-supported testing sites, which are full for the remainder of the week," the press release said.

There are some additional testing sites run independently from LA County or the state that are still doing same day or next day availability. Visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/ for a list of sites that have availability and to register.

Later on Tuesday, more appointments will open for LA County supported sites for Saturday, June 27, Sunday, June 28, and Monday, June 29.

NASAL SWABS FOR LA COUNTY TESTING

Meanwhile, the drive-through COVID-19 testing sites in LA County have switched to self-administered nasal swabs earlier in June.

After the city opened up testing to all LA County residents in April, regardless of whether they have symptoms, turnaround times shot up.  Initially reported by KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta in May, the lag time for test results was taking days.

The website to register for a test is coronavirus.lacity.org/testing

Some people were waiting for more than a week to get their results.  But people who've been tested more recently say they're getting them within a day or two.

The city's testing sites continue to use oral swabs. 

KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta reports that Dr. Christina Ghaly, the county's health services director, says that's because they believe there are fewer false negatives with nasal swabs.

County public health officials say more than 720,000 COVID-19 test results have been reported to them. Eight percent have been positive.

After days of protests that rocked the city of Los Angeles and elsewhere in LA County for part of May and June - and curfews - all COVID-19 testing sites reopened in June to administer free, COVID-19 tests to everyone, with or without symptoms.

Some LA City and LA County testing sites, with some exceptions,  were closed down after protests erupted over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minnesota. Some LA city testing sites shut down because volunteers didn't feel safe, according to previous briefings from the Mayor. 

Some LA city sites, like the one that opened at Dodgers stadium last month, remained open this week while others in LA County had modified hours.

The website to register for a test is coronavirus.lacity.org/testing

In May, the city of Los Angeles opened a new COVID-19 testing site at Dodgers stadium.  The site is in partnership with CORE, actor Sean Penn's global nonprofit that has not only done relief work in other countries hit by disasters but also runs testing sites in LA, and LAFD.

The site has the capacity to test up to 6,000 people per day.

"This builds on the work we have been doing for weeks and months. We want testing to be easy, accessible and free for everyone here in Los Angeles," the Mayor said standing at Dodgers stadium Tuesday morning.

He said the scale of this "is unprecedented," adding he just got tested at the site himself.

Garcetti said there are now more than 10 testing sites across the city of Los Angeles and 36 testing sites in LA County and on average 15,000 are tested per day.

Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten said they started testing at Dodgers stadium 10 weeks ago and in those 10 weeks they've tested more than 40,000 people. 

In April the Mayor of LA announced that all residents, with or without COVID-19 symptoms, can now be tested.

That meant the demand has gone up. Earlier in the month, Garcetti addressed the wait times for test results during a question and answer portion of the briefing to KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta.

"There was no question that in the last two weeks, as more tests were added, that that test time slowed down," he said to Peschiutta."We need to bring that number down."

Peschiutta reported that Garcetti hopes to get turnaround time to 24 hours instead of days.

LISTEN TO THE MAYOR:

Garcetti announced in April that Los Angeles will become the first major city in America to offer free, wide-scale testing to all of its residents with or without symptoms.

"We did that in just 40 days. Those with symptoms will, of course, have the first priority. We have the capacity, we believe, to move forward with that starting tonight," Garcetti said.

The testing will be open to any resident of LA County, with tests administered at eight sites in the city of LA.

In May, the Mayor also announced two additional testing sites in the city that will open on Wednesday –– one in the Valley and one in South L.A.

He said as of today, the city has the capacity to test 18,500 people daily. On Wednesday that number jumps to 36 testing sites, including Northridge and Baldwin Hills locations, the Mayor said on Tuesday.

Testing time will also be extended till 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the sites to accommodate the demand of people who want to be tested, according to the Mayor in a recent briefing.

You need to schedule an appointment first. The tests are mouth swab tests and are free.

The website is coronavirus.lacity.org/testing

Meanwhile, LA County also has eight sites that have opened or will open in the coming weeks. They are part of Gov. Newsom's order to add more testing sites across the state this week.

To Register for these sites: Please visit lhi.care/covidtesting

Garcetti said testing will be expanded to include construction workers who may be asymptomatic or without symptoms.

Garcetti said testing has been expanded to include delivery drivers, rideshare drivers and taxi drivers who can now get a test at one of these testing sites, even if they are asymptomatic.

Testing is available to all critical workers, like grocery store workers, first responders, healthcare workers, without symptoms. 

Exhibiting no symptoms means someone is asymptomatic. 

"They can get a test even if they don't have symptoms," Garcetti said.

CLICK FOR MORE INFO: coronavirus.lacity.org/testing

Garcetti said effective immediately same-day or next-day testing results is available for anybody with COVID-19 symptoms.

New testing sites have opened up in the last few weeks including Inglewood at the Forum, Bellflower, El Monte, Bell and downtown near Macarthur Park.

Some new testing sites, including drive-through locations, have opened: 

Beverly Hospital (309 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640)

Good Samaritan Hospital (1225 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017)

PIH Health City of Bell (6480-6410 Atlantic Ave., Bell, CA 90203)

PIH Health Hospital - Whittier (12401 Washington Blvd., Whittier, CA 90602)

Earlier in the month, Los Angeles City Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorell told KNX there are also two walk-in sites where you have to make an appointment and walk-in. There is also mobile testing that is only available for elderly care facilities and nursing homes, he said.

Most of the sites are drive-through so people don't even have to leave their car.