Types of tests
California’s community-based testing sites use viral PCR tests, which detect current infection. Verily’s Project Baseline and OptumServe provide these tests.
You can find locations for both viral and antibody tests on California’s testing map.
Cost for testing
There are no out-of-pocket costs for medically-necessary testing. If you have medical insurance, Verily or OptumServe will bill your insurance company. If you’re uninsured, the government pays for your test.
Who can get tested
CDPH has prioritized testing, based on risk, as follows:
- Hospitalized patients with COVID-19 symptoms
- Investigation and management of outbreaks, including contact tracing
- All other individuals with COVID-19 symptoms
- Close contacts of confirmed cases
- People having no COVID-19 symptoms in the following categories:
- Residents in group living facilities
- Healthcare workers who have frequent interaction with people with COVID-19
- Workers in group living facilities and in-home support services
- First responders who have frequent interaction with the public or people with COVID-19
- Workers in correctional facilities
- Hospital admission and discharge patients
- People without symptoms but at risk of infection
- Routine testing by employers
How you can get tested
California has partnered with Verily and OptumServe to provide free, confidential testing statewide. The state’s testing program ensures that every county has enough testing capacity. Tests are available for underserved communities and individuals who are at high risk.
Other testing sites may be available to you. Check with your healthcare provider or county website.
To find a Verily testing site near you and make an appointment:
You will need a Google account.