LA Becomes First Major US City to Offer Free COVID-19 Testing to Residents With or Without Symptoms

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By KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

All Los Angeles residents, with or without COVID-19 symptoms, can now be tested.

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday Los Angeles will be the first major city in America to offer free, wide-scale testing to all of its residents with or without symptoms.

"We have the capacity, we believe, to move forward with that tonight," Garcetti said.

You need to schedule an appointment first. The tests are mouth swab tests and are free.

The website is coronavirus.lacity.org/testing

Garcetti said through those 34 testing sites, there is a capacity to test 16,400 people daily.

Garcetti said starting Wednesday, testing will be expanded to include construction workers who may be asymptomatic or without symptoms.

Garcetti said starting on Tuesday, testing has been expanded to include delivery drivers, ride share drivers and taxi drivers who can now get a test at one of these testing sites, even if they are asymptomatic.

Testing is available to all critical workers, like grocery store workers, first responders, healthcare workers, without symptoms. 

Exhibiting no symptoms means someone is asymptomatic. 

"They can get a test even if they don't have symptoms," Garcetti said.

Garcetti said effective immediately, same-day or next-day testing results are available for anybody with COVID-19 symptoms.

New testing sites have opened up in the last few weeks including Inglewood at the Forum, Bellflower, El Monte, Bell and downtown near Macarthur Park.

Some new testing sites, including drive-through locations, have opened: 

Beverly Hospital (309 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640)

Good Samaritan Hospital (1225 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017)

PIH Health City of Bell (6480-6410 Atlantic Ave., Bell, CA 90203)

PIH Health Hospital - Whittier (12401 Washington Blvd., Whittier, CA 90602)

Most of the sites are drive-through, so people don't even have to leave their car.