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.

At-Home Testing – powered by Ambry Genetics

  • The County of Orange, in partnership with Ambry Genetics, is now offering at-home saliva-based COVID-19 test kits. While COVID-19 testing is now widely available across the County, and this new at-home testing option provides a convenient, safe and effective testing option where it’s needed most in the community. This test will determine if an individual is currently infected and can spread to others.
  • Priority access to the Ambry saliva-based test kits is being given to residents in the areas hit hardest by this pandemic (Santa Ana and Anaheim). Residents of these cities can register online by clicking on the Ambry link below to request to have a kit shipped to their home or pick it up at a community clinic.
  • Home delivery kits will contain detailed instructions on collecting the specimen as well as how to package and return the kit to the lab for testing. If you register to pick up your testing kit at a community clinic, staff there will be able to help residents complete and return the test as requested. Additional details include:

 

  • If you choose to have a test kit shipped to you during the order process, we will ship you a kit via FedEx. If you complete your online order by 1:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Monday through Thursday, you should receive your kit by the next morning. If you placed your order after 1:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Friday, or any time on Saturday or Sunday, you will receive your kit the following Tuesday morning. Holidays may also affect shipping times.
  • The kit includes return label and package to send completed specimen to Ambry Genetics lab.
  • Patients are notified via email when their results are ready and are prompted to access them via the CARE portal. If the patient tests positive, a PWN Health provider will call the patient.

 

ORDER TEST KIT

At this time, daily limits apply and are available for residents of Santa Ana and Anaheim only. As additional test kit inventory becomes available, the community at-large will have access to placing orders. Check back frequently for availability to your city.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found HERE. Please email covidoc@ambrygen.com if additional assistance is needed.

For added convenience, the following community health centers are available to provide support for those that need assistance with ordering a test kit including translation and email setup.

Participating Community Clinics:

Family Health Matters, Fullerton 901 W. Orangethorpe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to Noon
Families Together of Orange County 661 West First St., Ste. G
Tustin, CA 92780
Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Korean Community Services 451 West Lincoln Ave., Suite 100
Anaheim, CA 92805
Monday to Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Serve the People Community Health Center 1206 E. 17th St., Ste. 101
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Tuesday - Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Mondays
Southland Integrated Services, Garden Grove 9862 Chapman Ave.
Garden Grove, CA 92841
Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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
Testing Location Flowchart

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.