It is important to get tested for COVID-19 infection if you develop symptoms, even if you are fully vaccinated. Testing is also recommended for unvaccinated people who have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 infection or who has had a potential exposure. COVID-19 testing remains widely available across the county.
Know Your Testing Options
If you have insurance, start by contacting your doctor, local hospital, clinic or visit your local pharmacy.
If your employer or school requires a test, go through your job or educational facility.
If you don’t fall under these categories, free L.A. County-sponsored PCR tests are available (see below).
Free L.A. County Testing Sites
Free COVID-19 testing provided by the County of Los Angeles is available to all residents at drive-up and walk-up testing sites. Appointments are strongly encouraged and can help reduce wait times.
Free At-Home Test Kits
The U.S. government is offering American households four free rapid antigen COVID tests sent via USPS. Tests can be ordered online at COVIDtests.gov. Orders will ship free, usually in 7-12 days. Learn more at: covidtests.gov/faq
L.A. County Home Test Collection Program
The L.A. County Home Test Collection Program offers free, at-home COVID nasal swab test kits via mail to all L.A. County residents who have COVID-19 symptoms or think they were exposed. Sign up to have a test kit delivered to your home address at: https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/home-test-collection-program/. PCR test kits can also be picked up at various locations in L.A. County.
Insurance Reimbursement for At-Home Tests
Insurance companies are now required to reimburse you for 8 tests per month for each individual on the plan up to $12 per individual test. Your health plan may cover the cost of your test if they have a network of pharmacies or retailers already setup. Alternatively, they may provide you reimbursement for the cost of over-the-counter tests regardless of the price if they have yet to set up a network of pharmacies or retailers.
The best way to find out is to contact your health plan or insurer to determine if they provide direct coverage or if you might need to submit a claim for reimbursement.
Visit covidtests.gov for more information on reimbursements.
Private Testing on the Peninsula
Several urgent care facilities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula offer COVID-19 testing and antibody testing. For information about costs and insurance coverage, as well as types of tests offered, please check with the facility.
Oceanfront Urgent & Primary Care
31236 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
COVID-19 testing and antibody testing are available. For more information, call 310-544-2121 or visit oceanfrontuc.com.
Rancho Palos Verdes Urgent Care
28900 South Western Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
COVID-19 testing and antibody testing are available. For more information, call 424-702-0500 or visit urgentmednetwork.com.
Exer Urgent Care
395 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Palos Verdes Medical Group
550 Deep Valley Drive #319, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Palos Verdes Medical Group offers drive-thru COVID-19 testing, as well as antibody testing, on the fourth (top) floor of the Promenade on the Peninsula mall. Testing is by appointment only and open to both PVMG patients and community members. Call PVMG at 310-544-6858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or to schedule a Telehealth visit.
Urgent Care 3D
827 Deep Valley Drive #100, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
COVID-19 testing and antibody testing are available. For more information, call 424-903-8507 or visit urgentcare3d.com.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District offers testing for students and staff. Learn more on the PVPUSD website.
For guidance and more information about COVID-19 testing, visit the L.A. County Department of Public Health's COVID-19 Testing page.
Report COVID-19 Home Test Kit Price Gouging
As COVID cases increase, so do opportunities for consumers to be victimized by illegal price gouging. In January 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order establishing consumer protections against price gouging on at-home test kits.
If you spot price gouging for COVID-19 rapid tests online or in stores, report it to the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs immediately by using the “Stop Price Gouging” online tool at stoppricegouging.dcba.lacounty.gov or by calling 800-593-8222.