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State-sponsored testing is searchable at the link below. Testing sites from other providers may be available at your county’s COVID-19 website.Find a testing location
Free, confidential COVID-19 testing is available to every Californian. Get vaccinated to minimize the need for testing.
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As the COVID-19 vaccination rate increases across California, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is adapting testing guidance to focus testing on high-risk populations and individuals who have not been vaccinated.
Testing provides insights into community prevalence and transmission, letting us monitor the introduction of new variants into the community and the evolution of the virus.
- Fully-vaccinated individuals do not need to undergo diagnostic screening testing in non-healthcare workplace settings.
- In long-term care facilities (like skilled nursing facilities and adult and senior care facilities), staff do not need to undergo diagnostic screening testing if 70% of staff and residents are fully vaccinated.
- In hospitals, staff do not need to undergo diagnostic screening testing if 70% of staff are fully vaccinated.
- Diagnostic testing should be considered for all individuals with symptoms or exposure to COVID-19:
- All individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 should be subject to diagnostic testing immediately.
- Individuals who have not been fully vaccinated and have close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should be tested.
Read CDPH’s Updated Testing Guidance to find out who needs to get tested, when, and how often.
Cost for testing
There are no out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing. A health plan enrollee can get a COVID-19 test when needed by any provider, in or out of their health plan network, at no cost. If you’re uninsured, the government pays for your test.
How to get tested
California has partnered with OptumServe to provide free, confidential testing statewide. Tests are available for everyone, including underserved communities and individuals who are at high risk.
Testing with OptumServe
Tests are by appointment only. Find a location near you and make an appointment at:
If you do not have internet access, call 1-888-634-1123.
OptumServe community testing sites serve all individuals who qualify for a test. This includes uninsured, underinsured, undocumented and homeless individuals. You do not need a driver’s license to get this test.
Questions and answers
- FDA: Coronavirus Testing Basics
- FDA video: An Introduction to COVID-19 Tests
- CDPH: COVID-19 Testing Task Force
- CDC: At-Home Testing
- CDC: Test for Current Infection
- CDC: Test for Past Infection
- HRSA: COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement to Health Care Providers and Facilities for Testing and Treatment of the Uninsured