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Where can I go to get a test for the Coronavirus?

Call—don’t visit—your health care provider. Your doctor will advise you on the next steps. Do not call 911 or show up at the ER or Urgent Care to request testing for Coronavirus/COVID-19. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.

Free, same-day tests are now available for all LA County residents who have symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. For more information, visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing. To schedule a test, visit https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs.

LA City Residents Only – For the moment, these tests are strictly limited to residents of Los Angeles who are in the most high-risk categories and most vulnerable. Individuals eligible for testing at this time include:

  • Those with symptoms who are 65 and older
  • Those with symptoms who have underlying chronic health conditions
  • Those who are subject to a mandatory 14 day quarantine period due to a confirmed COVID-19 exposure (with more than 7 days of quarantine remaining)

I am feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed

The LA County Department of Mental Health has developed information on how to cope with stress during this time in 13 different languages common to the County’s residents. Click here to find the information in your language.

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call:

Los Angeles County’s Department of Mental Health’s 24/7 hotline at 800.854.7771 or text “LA” to 741741.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1.800.985.5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1.800.846.8517).

If you are feeling suicidal or having suicidal ideations, call 911 immediately.

I am not sure how to talk to my kids about the coronavirus:

Chances are your child has heard about conronavirus  and not talking about it can make your child worry more. Here are some links to tips on how to talk to your kids about coronavirus.

LA County – Tips on how to talk to children about COVID-19

PBS Kids for Parents: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus 

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