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How to get tested

California is expanding coronavirus testing capacity daily. Governor Newsom announced COVID-19 Testing Task Force, a public-private collaboration that is working to scale up testing quickly.

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Who can get tested

As capacity increases, testing will expand according to the discretion of the Local Health Officer. Priorities include:

Tier 1

  • Hospitalized patients
  • Healthcare workers, first responders, and other social service employees
  • Any symptomatic person
  • People exposed to infected individuals in places where COVID-19 risk is high
  • Asymptomatic residents or employees of group living facilities including:
    • After positive cases have been identified in a facility
    • Before resident admission or re-admission to a facility
  • People in essential jobs

Tier 2

  • Lower risk asymptomatic people

Community monitoring

  • Asymptomatic people as part of community or regional surveillance programs

Learn more about testing and treatment at California Department of Public Health Coronavirus Updates.

Drive-through testing (Verily’s Project Baseline)

This California community-based COVID-19 testing program is a collaboration with Verily’s Project Baseline which will expand access to COVID-19 screening and testing for high-risk individuals in certain areas of the state.

Cost: Testing through Project Baseline is free.

See if you qualify:

Complete the screener

You will need a Google account.

Drive-through testing sites are now open in the following areas:

Find the Verily’s Project Baseline testing location near you.

Frequently asked questions (Project Baseline)

Testing for underserved communities (OptumServe)

The State of California has joined together with OptumServe to expand testing services for underserved communities and some of California’s most vulnerable patients. 

Cost: There are no out-of-pocket costs for testing. If you have medical insurance, OptumServe will bill your insurance company. If you’re uninsured, your test is paid for by the state.

Tests are by appointment only. Make an appointment at https://lhi.care/covidtesting. If you do not have internet access, call: 1-888-634-1123.

Anyone who meets the testing criteria can be tested at an OptumServe community testing site, including uninsured, underinsured, undocumented and homeless individuals. OptumServe will generate a unique identification number for individuals who do not have a driver’s license. 

How to get treatment

If you develop any of these warning signs for COVID-19, get emergency medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to awake
  • Bluish lips or face

If you need to go to the hospital, call ahead so they can prepare for your arrival. If you call 911, tell the operator you have coronavirus symptoms so ambulance workers can be ready to treat you safely.

If you’re not sure if this applies to you, you can check your symptoms using the Symptom Screener or by contacting your doctor through telehealth.

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