Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, California State University, Los Angeles, OptumServe, and L.A. County Department of Health Services, on May 8 launched a new COVID-19 walk-up testing site at the university. This testing site will keep local communities healthy and will slow the spread of COVID-19 by identifying individuals who need to isolate or receive medical care.

“Many of our hardest working families are either uninsured or underinsured and don’t normally seek access to health care which is why increasing access to COVID-19 testing sites remains one of my top priorities,” said Supervisor Solis. “Preliminary demographic data has revealed that communities of color have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. I will do everything possible to remove barriers to testing. This virus does not discriminate; it has the potential to impact all communities. We are in this public crisis together. I thank Cal State LA, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the Department of Health Services, and OptumServe for expanding access to testing and making sure all residents are safe and healthy.”

Testing will be by appointment only. This location will only take walk-up appointments. It is expected to administer 132 tests a day.

“We’re pleased to be partnering with Los Angeles County on this important initiative. This testing site allows Cal State LA to use its resources during this pandemic to help protect the health and safety of the public,” said Cal State LA President William A. Covino.

Testing is free for all individuals, including those who are uninsured or undocumented. Individual testing results are confidential. 

“The Cal State L.A. testing site is the first of several new sites coming online that will greatly expand the County’s capacity to test symptomatic and at-risk individuals as we continue to mobilize and combat the spread of COVID-19 illness,” said Department of Health Services Director Dr. Christina R. Ghaly. “This is one of several sites established through partnership with the State of California and OptumServe to expand testing access to communities of color, which are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. We are grateful for the partnership with Cal State LA in supporting the health of the East L.A. community and the County’s broader efforts at phased reopening.”

Following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement to add more than 80 community testing sites across the state in underserved communities, LA County partnered with OptumServe and Cal State LA to launch this testing site.  

“OptumServe is honored to assist California in expanding COVID-19 testing for residents,” said Patty Horoho, CEO of OptumServe. “We are bringing our full commitment and capabilities to serve Californians, including extensive experience conducting large community health events.”

The Cal State LA COVID-19 walk-up testing site will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Anyone interested in getting tested must first register at covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/ 

The test is a self-administered oral swab, meaning clients must swab their own mouth, or throat, by following the instructions provided to them on-site. The testing process takes between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.

Individuals must register online prior to visiting the testing site. After receiving confirmation of testing eligibility, a person will then be given a selection of testing sites and available appointment times. After completing the online form, a registration number will be generated. Individuals will be required to present a registration number at the testing site to confirm their testing appointment. 

For more information, please visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing.

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Director of Communications, 213-359-0795 or rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov