COVID-19 Testing

If you would like get tested for COVID-19, FREE testing is available.

If you think you may have COVID-19, the most important thing to do is to isolate yourself from others and contact your healthcare provider about testing and care. Most people will have mild illness (or even no symptoms) and can recover at home without medical care.

Use the Flowchart below to see where you can get tested in Orange County.

  • Super Site
    Free drive-through testing for people who live or work in Orange County. Super Sites test for both COVID and the flu at the same time.
     
  • County Network
    Free assessment and test if you have symptoms
     
  • Statewide Sites
    Free testing if you don't have symptoms and meet Public Health priorities
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Testing Location Flowchart

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Where Can I Get Tested?

Ask your  healthcare provider about testing. If you have health insurance, contact your healthcare provider about FREE testing and care. If you do not know how to reach your healthcare provider, call the customer service number on your insurance card, or view websites of major healthcare providers in Orange County.

The following types of testing sites are available:

  • OC COVID-19 Testing Super Sites for those who live or work in Orange County. This site offers FREE appointment-based drive-thru COVID-19 and flu testing with one swab for people who cannot get a test through their medical provider.
     
  • Drive Thru Testing Clinics, Urgent Cares, and Labs. Many locations are now available for testing. They will utilize your health insurance with NO COPAY, and some - for example, CVS - will provide FREE testing  for people without insurance. Contact them first to verify any costs and to make an appointment.
     
  • OC COVID-19 Testing Network for those with Symptoms. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or someone in your household has COVID-19, and you cannot get a test though your healthcare provider, you can get a FREE medical assessment (check-up) and a test through the OC COVID-19 Testing Network. These are community health centers that offer testing and care, even if you don't have health insurance.
     
  •  State of California Testing Sites. These sites provide FREE testing with a brief medical screening to people who cannot get a test through their healthcare provider.  These sites only offer testing and do not have a medical provider on site.  These sites are recommended for people without symptoms  (asymptomatic)– such as healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers; and those who have had close contact to someone with COVID-19. Register for testing through (https://lhi.care/covidtesting) or call (888) 634-1123 if you do not have internet access.

 

Types of Testing

There are three kinds of tests for for COVID-19: PCR/viral tests and serology/antibody tests.

  • A PCR or molecular test tells you if you have a current infection. It is taken with a swab in the mouth, nose, or throat.
  • An antigen test is a newer COVID-19 test that tells if you have a current infection. It is taken with a nasal or throat swab.
  • An antibody (serology) test does NOT tell you if you are infected currently. It only tells you if you had a previous infection and currently is not recommended for individual use. It is done through a needle or fingerstick to get a blood sample.

For more information on the different types of tests visit HERE.

Resources on this page are for PCR/viral tests or antigen testing for COVID-19 in Orange County.

Note: Starting November 2020, Orange County COVID-19 Testing Super Sites and other select sites will begin testing for COVID-19 and the flu at the same time.

Clearance from Isolation and Return to Work for Persons with Confirmed COVID-19 Infection

Persons with confirmed COVID-19 infection can have isolation precautions discontinued when their illness improves by three criteria:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms have improved.

Source of changes: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html

CDC no longer recommends the test-based strategy to determine when to discontinue home isolation, except for rare exceptions.