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

After days of protests that rocked the city of Los Angeles and elsewhere in LA County - and curfews - all COVID-19 testing sites will reopen Friday 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 this week 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

Last month, 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.

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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.