- You have COVID-19 symptoms:Talk to a doctor and get tested – even if you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the past. Your health care provider can talk with you about your concerns. If you do not have a doctor, call 211 or visit the 211LA to get a referral.
- You have been a “close contact” to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days*: Get tested 5-7 days after your exposure—even if you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated and this test collected on or after Day 5 is negative, you can end quarantine after Day 7. School children who are under a modified quarantine must get tested twice—once as soon as possible after the exposure and the second at least 3 days later. To learn more, visit Quarantine and Other Instructions for Close Contacts: lacounty.gov/covidquarantine
- You are part of an outbreak investigation
If you live or work in a place where other people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you may need to be tested, even if you are fully vaccinated or had COVID-19 in the past.
The above are reasons for diagnostic testing. For more information, visit the COVID-19 Testing page on the LA County Department of Public Health website.
* If you have had a positive viral test for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, testing again is not recommended as long as you do not have symptoms of COVID-19.
If you are not experiencing symptoms nor have been exposed to a COVID-19, there may be times when you need to “screen” for COVID-19.