The State of California and the COVID-19 Testing Task Force have joined together with OptumServe in a partnership to expand COVID-19 testing services in California. On Wednesday, May 13, four sites began taking appointments for testing services in Orange County located in the cities of Buena Park, Orange, Santa Ana and San Juan Capistrano, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Appointments can be made and location details confirmed, by visiting https://lhi.care/covidtesting or calling 1 (888) 634-1123. Please note that phone registration will only be used for people without internet access.
City of Irvine
The City of Irvine launched the month-long COVID-19 drive-up Testing Program on Monday, July 13 in partnership with Curogram and multiple laboratories. Registration is now open for appointments the week of August 3.
State of California
County of Orange
COVID-19 testing is available at Rite Aid locations throughout Orange County. Free testing is available for both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients who are 18 and older. You must make an appointment to get tested. Visit the Rite Aid website for more information.
Select CVS Pharmacy locations throughout Orange County are offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing, including the CVS Pharmacy located at 17625 Harvard Avenue in Irvine. Patients must qualify in order to be tested, and must make an appointment. Visit the CVS Minute Clinic website for more information.
The City of Irvine is home to a number of hospitals and healthcare facilities that offer COVID-19 testing.
Hoag is using its expertise to address the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, treat patients, protect visitors and staff, and provide up-to-date information to the public. If you believe you have coronavirus, please visit Hoag Urgent Care or call 949-791-3000.
Kaiser offers e-visits and online assessments. Southern California members can get answers to general questions about COVID-19 by calling our new information line at 1-877-813-7297, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., 7 days a week. Visit their website for more information.
UCI Health infectious disease experts are assisting with statewide and national efforts to track the outbreak and contain the spread of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus. UCI’s Patient Access Center: 714 456-7002. Testing is conducted at the UCI Medical Center or at the Gottschalk Testing Center at the Irvine campus.
Who should be tested
Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. Here is some information that might help in making decisions about seeking care or testing.
- Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home.
- There is no treatment specifically approved for this virus.
- Testing results may be helpful to inform decision-making about who you come in contact with.
CDC has guidance for who should be tested, but decisions about testing are at the discretion of state and local health departments and/or individual clinicians.
- Clinicians should work with their state and local health departments to coordinate testing through public health laboratories, or work with clinical or commercial laboratories.
How to get tested
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, try calling your state or local health department or a medical provider. While supplies of these tests are increasing, it may still be difficult to find a place to get tested.
What to do after you are tested
- If you test positive for COVID-19, see If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone.
- If you test negative for COVID-19, you probably were not infected at the time your specimen was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick. It is possible that you were very early in your infection at the time of your specimen collection and that you could test positive later, or you could be exposed later and then develop illness. In other words, a negative test result does not rule out getting sick later.
CDC expects that widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur. In the coming months, most of the U.S. population will be exposed to this virus. You should continue to practice all the protective measures recommended to keep yourself and others free from illness. See How to Protect Yourself.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are laboratory tests that can identify the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens. State and local public health departments have received tests from CDC while medical providers are getting tests developed by commercial manufacturers.