Accurate, Convenient, Safe, and Fast COVID-19 Testing
Here’s How It Works
Answer a few questions to see if you are eligible.
Book an appointment. Wait for an email with your confirmation and appointment details.
Go to your test appointment. You will receive an email when your results are ready.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs for the RT-PCR Test
What Is the RT-PCR Test?
What Does a Positive Result Mean?
What Does a Negative Result Mean?
What Causes a False Negative Reading?
When Should I Get Tested?
Who Can Take RT-PCR Testing?
There are no unique requirements to be tested for RT-PCR that are different from other COVID-19 tests.
Anyone who is showing symptoms of COVID-19 and those who have been within 6 feet or 15 minutes of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 should take the test.
Who Is Not Advised to Take RT-PCR Testing?
There are no unique requirements to not be tested for RT-PCR that are different from other COVID-19 tests.
A person who has not developed symptoms after testing positive does not need to get tested, following that it had been 3 months after their recovery.
Why Is the RT-PCR Testing Called the ‘Gold Standard’?
FAQs for Testing Costs
Is the Testing FREE
Does my health plan have to cover my COVID-19 test at a testing site?
Yes. Federal guidance requires health plans to provide testing at no cost to everyone. You do not need to have symptoms or to have been exposed to COVID-19. You do not need to be an “essential worker” to get tested.
To get tested you can go to any COVID-19 testing provider authorized or licensed by the state. You do not need to go to a provider that is in your health plan’s or health insurer’s provider network. You do not need to get permission from your health plan or health insurer before going to get a COVID-19 test. And you do not need to pay a co-payment for a COVID-19 test.
What if I don’t have health insurance and I need COVID-19 testing or care?
How long does it take for coronavirus test results to come back?
Turnaround time for coronavirus test results is usually less than two days. About two-thirds come back within a day, and more than 85% are available within two days.
This turnaround time includes shipping time. For labs that process home testing kits, turnaround time depends on when you mail back your kit.
If you haven’t received your test results and it’s been several days, contact:
- Your healthcare provider,
- Testing service, or
- Local health department.
Read more at California’s COVID-19 Testing Task Force.
What is acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result?
The following are accepted:
- Printed document from your test provider or laboratory
- An email or text message displayed on your phone from your test provider or laboratory
Results should include name of person tested, type of test, and date of negative test result. For PCR, the date of negative result must be within the prior 72 hours. For antigen, the date of negative result must be within the prior 24 hours.
When can I be around other people after I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms?
If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since your test.
The CDC has recommendations for people who test positive but have no symptoms.
If I test positive for COVID-19 in a viral test, what should I do to protect others in my household?
You should self-isolate from others in your household who have not tested positive. Sleep and stay in a separate room from them, and use a separate bathroom, if possible. Multiple infected people in the same household can use the same room for isolation.
Members of your household should get tested right away. They should quarantine for at least 14 days:
- Close contacts who never showed symptoms may discontinue quarantine after Day 10 from the date of last exposure without testing.
- If you are released from quarantine before Day 14 after exposure, you must:
- Watch yourself daily for COVID-19 symptoms through Day 14. If symptoms occur, immediately self-isolate and get tested.
- Wear a mask around others, wash your hands frequently, and stay at least 6 feet from others through Day 14.
You do not have to quarantine if:
- You recovered from COVID-19 within the past 3 months and have no new symptoms.
- You are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show no symptoms.
Convenient, Safe, and Fast COVID-19 Testing You Can Rely On
Don’t wait, the faster you can get tested and get your results, the better decisions you can make for yourself and the community.