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Emergency Notification

COVID-19 Tests

In addition to the free on-campus COVID-19 testing available for Cal State LA students, faculty, and staff, there are many ways to get tested for COVID-19 throughout Los Angeles County. The L.A. County Department of Public Health provides a helpful guide on how to find a COVID-19 test. You can get tested:

  • At your doctor's office or local health centers
  • At a local pharmacy
  • At a county-sponsored community location
    • If you don’t have health insurance, you can get a free COVID-19 test at a community location regardless of your immigration status. If you have health insurance, please contact your doctor or health plan to get tested. Insured individuals can also go to a community location but need to provide health insurance information. Many sites test children of any age. Check with the testing site to find out if they offer PCR and/or antigen tests. Visit the L.A. County COVID-19 testing website or text 844-833-1334 to find a location near you. If you don’t have access to the internet or email or need help arranging a test, call 2-1-1.
  • With at-home collection kits or rapid antigen tests
    • Home collection kits (PCR tests): You collect the sample, and it is tested in a laboratory.​ PCR test kits are available for people ages 4 and older who live in L.A. County and have symptoms or think they were exposed to COVID-19. Results are usually available 24 to 48 hours after the lab receives the test. The kits, testing, and mailing are all free through a county program. For details, visit the L.A. County COVID-19 testing website.
    • Self-tests (antigen tests/rapid tests): You collect the sample and do the test yourself. Results usually take 15-30 minutes.
      • Order free tests from These rapid tests are sent to you by mail. If you have already ordered tests, check the website as you may be able to order more.
      • Buy them from a pharmacy, online, or a store such as a supermarket or big box store (these may be covered in you have insurance – see paying for a test).

Find more information about COVID-19 testing in California from the California State Government.