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18555 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 9135618555 Ventura Blvd
Open until10:00 pm
  • Mon12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Tue12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Wed12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Thu12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Fri12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sat12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 10:00 pm
4.76(2.3k reviews)
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PM Pediatric Urgent Care, Tarzana CA - 18555 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana
The care was amazing from the guy who checked us in to Dr. Al, but the X-ray tech today telling my 5 year old to lie down and not move “or he will hold her head down” didn’t work for me. Being in the medical field, I can tell you that’s never ok. Especially with pediatrics who are already terrified. He was rude, unprofessional and must have forgotten he was dealing with a CHILD. I would give him a 1/5 and everyone else a 5/5.
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6150 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 916066150 Laurel Canyon Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.67(48 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Noho West - 6150 Laurel Canyon Blvd
Great medical personnel, friendly, caring & knowledgeable.
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14614 Victory Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 9141114614 Victory Blvd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.86(86 reviews)
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Visit Health Urgent Care, Van Nuys - 14614 Victory Blvd
Nothing bad to say it's the greatest Urgent Care Everyone from the front desk to the provider were great very cautious and careful with everything pertaining to the patient care, knowledgeable love it highly recommended.Thank you ❤️
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8731 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 900358731 W Pico Blvd
Open until10:00 pm
  • Mon12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Tue12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Wed12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Thu12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Fri12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sat12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 10:00 pm
4.82(576 reviews)
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PM Pediatric Urgent Care, LA Westside CA - 8731 W Pico Blvd
Always a good experience. The staff is amazing. Very clean. The doctors and nurses are professional and caring. Love this place!!!!
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9335 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 913249335 Reseda Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • SunClosed
4.8(5.6k reviews)
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Valley Urgent Care, Northridge - 9335 Reseda Blvd, Northridge
David the NP has great beside manner. My dad generally is a very quiet guy and normally won’t talk to providers out of shyness. This was the first time I had seen him feel comfortable enough to share his symptoms with a provider.
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2813 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 900312813 N Broadway
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • SunClosed
4.4(5 reviews)
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Lincoln Heights Urgent Care - 2813 N Broadway, Los Angeles
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2110 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 900262110 Sunset Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.1(30 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Echo Park - 2110 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
Dr. Colin & PT/PA Lauren? Were wonderful. Appt was at 4:15pm, 10/31z. Kudos to staff on duty.
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4700 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 900194700 W Pico Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.27(51 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Los Angeles - Midtown Crossing - 4700 W Pico Blvd
The nurse practitioner was able to help me. She was professional and friendly.
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13365 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 9006613365 Washington Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.12(42 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Marina Del Rey - Washington Blvd - 13365 Washington Blvd
Having been to other urgent care clinics, I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I was accommodated! Everyone was very personable and the doctor explained my condition very well. Now, I won't go anywhere else.
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4550 Van Nuys Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 914034550 Van Nuys Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.48(69 reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in reviews for their clean offices

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Carbon Health Urgent Care, Sherman Oaks - 4550 Van Nuys Blvd
Made my appointment on the App super easy when I got there got signed in right away filled out some information and got check right away they also sent my prescription to my nearest pharmacy!
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21835 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 9136421835 Ventura Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.25(48 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Woodland Hills - 21835 Ventura Blvd
Everyone was extremely helpful and respectful and made my visit as comfortable as possible.
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5995 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 913675995 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Open until 4:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
3.89(35 reviews)
Everyone was very helpful. I booked the appointment the night before for 9 o’clock when they open. I got right in and Dr. Emanuel came in. He was very thorough and answered all my questions and prescribe medication for me. I have been to urgent care a few times before and everyone is always so wonderful. I would recommend urgent care. I have insurance that covers everything. That was not a worry for me! I had booked my appointment the night before online.
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8900 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 902328900 Venice Blvd.
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.49(57 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Culver City Ivy Station - 8900 Venice Blvd.
Fast quick and convenient. I needed a sport’s physical I was in and out. Nice staff and Doctors
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600 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101600 E Colorado Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.41(90 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Pasadena - 600 E Colorado Blvd
easy to make an appointment no wait. quick easy results and diagnosis.
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11806 Whittier Blvd, Whittier, CA 9060111806 Whittier Blvd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
5.0(35 reviews)
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Carbon Health Urgent Care, Whittier  - 11806 Whittier Blvd
First time here and everyone was super friendly and the facility is really clean. I decided to come here due to symptoms of a sinus infection. I love how easy it was to make an appt, especially same day! I also saw a sign that they take walk ins. Overall great experience!
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3849 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 911073849 E Foothill Blvd
Open until10:00 pm
  • Mon12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Tue12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Wed12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Thu12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Fri12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sat12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 10:00 pm
4.89(255 reviews)
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PM Pediatric Urgent Care, Pasadena CA - 3849 E Foothill Blvd
Love the convenience of making appointments online. I’ve been there twice now and both times the staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming. And the place is kept impeccably clean.
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3032 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 904033032 Wilshire Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.22(32 reviews)
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Carbon Health Urgent Care, Santa Monica - 3032 Wilshire Blvd
Very quick service, and great care! Great communication and I felt in good hands.
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14359 Pioneer Blvd, Norwalk, CA 9065014359 Pioneer Blvd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
4.63(156 reviews)
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AME Medical Group, Norwalk Urgent Care - 14359 Pioneer Blvd
Dr.Mishal and staff were very friendly
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15141 Whittier Blvd, Whittier, CA 9060315141 Whittier Blvd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
  • Apr 18Closed
  • Apr 19Closed
4.48(562 reviews)
AME Medical Group, Whittier II Urgent Care - 15141 Whittier Blvd
I was in and out, I loved that I was seen quickly. The Dr. and staff were very friendly.
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2010 E Carson St, Long Beach, CA 908072010 E Carson St
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.3(87 reviews)
Carbon Health Urgent Care, Long Beach, Carson St. - 2010 E Carson St
was quick, the np who treated me Enrico was pleasant and know what he is doung.
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Recent COVID-19 Testing Reviews (20)

Same say walk in COVID test on 8-10 @ 6:00 pm was lovely. Though the sign said no walk ins accepted, the receptionist welcomed me with a smile and warm mood as she took my information with the registration form. The two nurses who tested me were awesome. Kind, quick, and kept me felt cared for since they recommended me to check for strep throat with my symptoms after my friend recently also got strep throat. Great service and would recommend anyone to attend.

- Verified patient on 8/11

So far.... Great experience! I came in for a pre surgical operation (covid test) & I felt the girls at the front went above and beyond to get me what I need. Only problem was how HOT it was in there. Please supply your employees with A/C. I could barely breath properly while being there. But overall, great experience.

- Verified patient on 6/2

The entire Covid test process was very professional and managed very efficiently Mayra was my initial contact, and she was extremely helpful with the registration process. Nurse and doctor were pleasant and very empathetic Finally the day of the tests went smoothly and the individual perfecting the actual tests was great I definitely recommend San Fernando Valley Urgent Care

- Verified patient on 1/30

I called for a COVID test & staff was very friendly. Had a video chat w/ Dr, an appt was set & the nurse came to my car & gave me the test. This is a great place I would definitely recommend this urgent care.

- Verified patient on 12/3

The only issue I had was that I wasn't able to make a future appointment for future Covid test online. My options were to make an urgent care appt OR telemed appt. On Friday afternoon I ended up making telemed appt for Sunday and just arrived at Reliant at my appt time. When I was greeted by the care worker, I explained the situation and she called Reliant and let them know I was waiting outside. I was met by personnel in a timely manner and everything was quick, efficient, and friendly. Kudos for service. Extra kudos to staff. Though confusing online, everything was handled well. Better than expected! Thank you!

- Verified patient on 7/6

Once you log in & enter all your information, the next time you need a Covid test is simply & fast. I’ve gotten my results early the next day. This is my second time & so far had a great experience with the staff.

- Verified patient on 11/18

I got a COVID test.The doctor was great and fast. It took 3 minutes. The treatment room was very clean so I would recommend. The front desk staff was okay. No greeting, no "Be right with you". The waiting area could have been cleaner.

- Verified patient on 8/20

We went in as my daughter had to have a Covid test before returning to school after an absence. They were so friendly on the phone, texted me the link to fill in all the info and we were literally in and out of the office in 3 minutes.

- Verified patient on 10/7

Love this place. Super clean. Did the over phone call waiting room time was short. Nurse tried really hard to connect when issues with video call instead of going to next patient and making me wait in the cue. I appreciated Amy. Actually she is a physicians something not a nurse my bad. When I drove up for Covid testing the 2 nursed were so friendly, didn’t look at you like u possibly had the bug and even came out to my car to bring my negative results. I love this place so much. I was treated so good. They are warm and inviting and I felt safe.

- Verified patient on 5/5

Needed a Covid test. Called on a Sunday near closing. Was told I could come to drive thru the next morning. Did the paperwork online, got there at 10 for my appt, had the test in less than 5 min. Results the very next morning.

- Verified patient on 10/17

A human answered! Wow! Got help loading my info which was very helpful. Was in and out from COVID test in about 15 min. EXCELLENT 👌 staff was calm, nice and helpful. Free with my SCAN/Optum coverage. The only neg is there was no bathroom use.

- Verified patient on 11/1

I would recommend Reliant to everyone because they’re very efficient! I was able to schedule and get my COVID test with ease. The wait time was short, everyone was socially distant, and the staff was friendly. I was in and out in no time and felt the safe the whole time!

- Verified patient on 8/16

I did not have to wait long, and the gentleman was incredible helpful with options to set up a covid test or to meet with a provider; I also appreciate that he went ahead and set up my test on my behalf so that check-in was easy when I got to the Urgent Care office.

- Verified patient on 8/10

I have been to VNUC twice now a s everyone has been very professional, polite and friendly. The woman who took my test on 1/13 in particular was very personable and I enjoyed speaking with her. I live in Glendale and will continue to drive to VNUC for covid testing due to my positive experiences. Thank you..

- Verified patient on 1/14

I went in to get a COVID test and it was a great experience except the fact a rod was sent up my nose but that’s the test haha! I went in with all my roommates and it was a great experience truly would recommend!

- Verified patient on 7/15

I can’t say enough wonderful things about this place. I needed a rapid Covid test for my daughter and they were the only place that could get me in same day. Wait time was less than 5 minutes. Staff was super friendly. Unfortunately my daughter tested positive and the doctor who called to tell me was so nice and informative and understanding and patient. He stayed on the phone with me for a good 20-30 minutes and answered all my questions. I don’t have one negative thing to say about the care I received here. Thank you for everything, I appreciate it so much!

- Verified patient on 8/2

Compared to other places in LA right now, getting a covid test here was a breeze. We waited in line for around 10 minutes and then we were greeted with a test outside from a really nice woman who made my friend and I feel right at home. Will definitely be going back

- Verified patient on 11/24

This is my favorite place to go get covid test . I only have to register once and they have my info. Then I call and they take care of me same day . There is no wait time and they r fast and efficient and most importantly I receive my test usually within 12 hours . I give them a plus for excellent service and the staff is very friendly and they don’t insert the swab in a way that hurts like other places .

- Verified patient on 11/24

The online application was easy and the call back from the nurse was only an hour. The whole process is Very fast! It only took 5 minutes from the time I parked in the parking lot for the nurse to suit up and come out to my car to take a nasal swab for COVID test. Thank you Valley Urgent Care!

- Verified patient on 6/30

Thank you Daniel for accommodating me for covid testing. I know it was a little late and you were fully bookend and still you accommodated me. Thank you for saving me thousands of dollars plus my stress. You have a lovely combination of professionalism and understanding and I appreciate it very much.

- Verified patient on 7/14

Los Angeles COVID Testing & Rapid Testing

Types of COVID Tests

There are two types of coronavirus tests (COVID-19 tests) available, those that can test for a current infection (viral test) and those that can test for a past infection (antibody test).

Viral COVID testing can be done in a few different ways, the most common being nose swabs, but saliva tests are becoming more popular. Some tests are processed out on-site and can provide results in as little as 30 minutes. These are called rapid COVID tests. The majority of tests, on the other hand, are collected at the clinic on-site and then submitted to off-site labs for processing. Results can take up to 2-3 days to arrive. 

Antibody testing looks for a past infection and may not reveal if you have an active COVID-19 infection because antibodies can take up to three weeks to form in your body. The presence of COVID antibodies may help to prevent you from becoming infected with the same virus again; but, because the clinical understanding of COVID-19 is still developing, it's unclear how long that protection will continue.

Who should get tested for current infection

The CDC currently defines four instances where COVID testing is recommended:

  1. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
  2. If you have been in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19. Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. If you have been vaccinated, or tested positive in the past 3 months and not experiencing symptoms, you do not need to be tested.
  3. If you are unvaccinated and participated in high-risk activities where distancing is not an option. This could include travel, large social or mass gatherings, crowded indoor settings, etc.
  4. If you have been referred to get a COVID test by your healthcare provider or local health department. 

How is testing done for COVID-19?

Most COVID tests are collected by a nasal swab. A member of the medical team puts a swab inside your nose for a few seconds on each side to collect the sample. After that, the samples are packaged according to CDC guidelines and tested on-site or transported to a facility for testing. The lab will test samples for the presence of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID infection and either your care provider or the lab will notify you with the results as soon as they are available.

PCR vs Antigen Testing

Viral COVID tests are available as molecular and antigen tests. The molecular test, also known as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, usually delivers results within a few days since most of these tests are sent to offsite labs for analysis. The average turnaround time for PCR test results is 48 hours, but in some instances may be significantly longer due to backlogs related to insufficient lab volume and capacity. Antigen tests are also known as rapid tests and have an average turnaround time of between 15 to 30 minutes.

Both PCR and rapid COVID tests can be used to test people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, those who were close contacts to COVID-19, and those without COVID-19 symptoms who live or work in a high-risk setting (such as a nursing facility); or those individuals who are identified as part of outbreak detection and response. The rapid COVID test is also recommended for the screening of residents or healthcare workers at skilled nursing facilities along with a PCR confirmation, and for repeat screening for the early detection and prevention of outbreaks in congregate settings (such as schools, workplaces, and prisons).

COVID testing is available for free under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes testing for those without health insurance. To reduce the risk of facing extra costs related to COVID testing, ask your primary care doctor to recommend a free COVID test site, and confirm there are no charges or fees for the test that are not covered by your insurance plan. Additionally, avoid getting a COVID test at a hospital or free-standing emergency room, as these facilities may charge fees for COVID testing and related services.

COVID-19 Testing FAQs

  • How much does COVID testing cost in Los Angeles?

    In many cases, COVID testing can be free. Many state and local health departments continue to offer free testing to community residents as part of their response to the pandemic. In other cases, commercially insured patients, or those on Medicare or Medicaid, may receive testing at no out of pocket cost, or with a nominal office visit copay. For cash paying patients, or those that need rapid COVID testing which will deliver results in under an hour, COVID tests can range from $50 to $150 each. It is best to call your healthcare provider prior to getting tested to better understand the cost of the specific test you require.

  • Where can I get free COVID testing in Los Angeles?

    COVID testing is available for free under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes testing for those without health insurance. Check with your Los Angeles-area health department as they are generally a good source for free COVID tests, or can at least point you in the right direction. Additionally, you can ask your primary care provider to recommend a free COVID test site.

  • Where can I get COVID testing in Los Angeles?

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near Los Angeles including urgent care centers, retail clinics, primary care offices, health departments, and more. Different venues will have different types of tests available, many at different price points. Some testing sites are allowing walk-in patients, however, many are still requiring some degree of advance booking to control patient volume.

  • Where can I get a rapid COVID test in Los Angeles?

    Rapid testing—both PCR (molecular) and antigen tests—is offered through many Los Angeles-area urgent care centers and physician offices, usually at an additional cost ranging from $50 up to $150 per test. Usually this will allow you to get results back in under an hour, and require advanced booking through the provider. However, if you can wait 24 hours for your results, many labs are turning around send-out lab tests in that time frame, which could save you some money.

  • How to make an appointment for COVID testing in Los Angeles?

    Same-day and next day appointments for COVID testing in Los Angeles are bookable directly through Solv. Simply browse the list of healthcare providers conducting COVID tests above, find one with a “Book Online” button, and book a time that aligns with your schedule stating “COVID-19 Test” as your reason for visit.

  • Can I get tested for antibodies if I am sick with COVID-19 Los Angeles?

    An antibody test for COVID-19 might inform you if you previously had a coronavirus infection. Because it can take between 1–3 weeks after an infection for your body to develop these antibodies, an antibody test during an active infection would not be successful. To see if you are currently infected, you need a viral test.

  • Do I need a COVID test if I have been vaccinated?

    Even if you have been fully vaccinated, if you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, experts believe that you should be tested yourself, particularly if you are experiencing cold and flu symptoms commonly aligned with the coronavirus.

  • How long does COVID testing take?

    Getting a COVID test is quick. Most tests are done with a nasal swab, which takes less than a minute to swab both nostrils. Depending on where you get your COVID test, this means you could be in and out of the testing site in as little as 10-15 minutes. During busy times—particularly around holidays—testing sites may be busier than usual and wait times may be longer.

  • How long does it take to get COVID test results in Los Angeles?

    Most labs are returning send-out molecular (PCR) COVID test results within 24-48 hours of the test. Some sites take longer, so call and ask if the reason for the test is proof for travel. Rapid COVID tests are processed on-site and are able to deliver results in under an hour, sometimes in as little as 15 min.

  • Do COVID tests detect the Delta variant and Omicron variant?

    Regular COVID tests are able to detect both the Delta variant and Omicron variant in that they can determine whether or not you have the coronavirus. However, they can't tell which variation is involved. That would necessitate genomic sequencing, which is a different process from regular virus testing that not all labs can undertake. Sequencing is uncommon and can cost up to $100 per test. Since the treatment is the same for any variant, it is not clinically useful to an individual patient to know whether the infection was caused by a variant or not.

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