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No-cost COVID-19 testing is widely available in Anaheim and throughout the county. It is available to anyone, with or without symptoms, and to both those with and without health insurance.

With a surge in cases, we're experiencing high demand at our testing sites. If you can't get through, please keep trying to make an appointment, as more slots open up each day. 

You will also encounter long waits at testing sites.

PUBLIC TESTING IN ANAHEIM

Anaheim Convention Center

Tuesday-Friday: noon to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Appointments: click here

**HOLIDAY CLOSURES: No testing Nov. 26 and Nov. 27*

School sites: Latino Health Access

Mondays at Magnolia High School: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesdays at Thomas Edison Elementary School: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (no appointment needed)

Fridays at Anaheim High School: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Appointments click here or call (714) 805-7838.

**HOLIDAY CLOSURE: No testing Nov. 27**

Anaheim City Hall

Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Appointment click here

**HOLIDAY CLOSURE: No testing Nov. 25**

The sites offer swab testing, also known as polymerise chain reaction, or PCR, testing.

Swab testing is the standard for determining whether someone is currently infected with COVID-19.

For those with insurance, insurers will be billed with no out-of-pocket cost for those being tested.

For those without insurance, federal funding will cover the cost of testing.

As we move toward any additional reopening, the holidays and colder weather, testing is more important than ever to ensure that those who test positive can be aware of it and isolate. This helps stem the spread of the virus in the community.

Make an appointment at each site by clicking the graphic below. Scroll down for more details on your options for getting tested.

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At home test kits

The county of Orange is now offering at-home COVID-19 test kits for Anaheim residents.

These are saliva-based tests that tell you whether you're currently infected with COVID-19. The test kit is sent to your home, and comes with a return envelope to mail it back to the lab.

You can also elect to pick up the testing kit at a participating community clinic.

Testing is provided at no cost to residents.

Results will be emailed to you within 2-4 days. Read frequently asked questions here.

Click here for more information and to apply for a kit.

Testing in Anaheim and Orange County

The most common form of testing offered in Anaheim and Orange County is a polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, test. Most are a nasal swab, either self-administered or done by a professional. This is widely seen as the most reliable way to test whether someone is actively infected with COVID-19.

Anaheim City Hall

Appointments are now open for our walk-up COVID-19 testing kiosk at Anaheim City Hall, in partnership with 360 Clinic.

Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and some Fridays.

Make your appointment here, there are plenty of slots available.

Once you get to the screen where it asks where you want to get tested, click on "Anaheim City Hall."

The testing kiosk is located on the south side of City Hall near the Chrysalis building. You can park for free in the Chrysalis parking lot, address 230 Mito Way.

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Masks are required. 

Results will be texted or emailed within two to three days.

**NOTE: If you're coming to City Hall for another reason, there is no need to be concerned. The testing kiosk will be located away from the main walkway into City Hall, masks are required, and we'll be taking all possible precautions to ensure the safety of everyone getting tested, employees and visitors.**

Make your appointment now here


Anaheim Convention Center

No-cost, drive-thru COVID-19 testing is offered at the Anaheim Convention Center on Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Testing is contact-free and self-administered inside in vehicles.

The testing site is on the west side of Anaheim Convention Center, in a surface parking lot and parking structure off West Street south of Katella Avenue. See map below for detailed route.

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The site is able to provide about 1,000 tests a day.

Appointments are available in 48 hour windows and sometimes on the same day if there are open spots.

Patients should expect some wait time of five to 20 minutes as vehicles make their way through the testing site.

Residents in the area will see additional traffic on West Street but no added public health risk.

The testing site is part of Anaheim’s ongoing efforts to address the coronavirus crisis, in partnership with the county of Orange. The operator is Garden Grove-based 360 Clinic.

To make an appointment click here. Questions? Call (800) 446-8888.


Anaheim Neighborhood Testing

Nonprofit Latino Health Access offers free testing, by appointment, on Mondays at Magnolia High School and Fridays at Anaheim High School from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To make an appointment for a high school site, click here.

On Tuesdays, testing is offered at other churches, schools and community centers in Anaheim from noon to 7 p.m. No appointment is needed, testing is provided on a first come, first served basis.

Appointments are available to those with symptoms, including basics such as headache or fatigue; essential workers; and anyone with recent contact with a person positive with COVID-19.

All of these neighborhood sites are either drive-thru or walk-up.

Questions? Call Latino Health Access at (714) 805-7838.


More Anaheim Testing

Testing is also available across Anaheim at hospitals, urgent care clinics, doctors offices and other providers.

Start by calling your insurer or provider.

Rite Aid offers testing at its location in Anaheim on Magnolia Avenue. Make an appointment here

CVS Pharmacy offers drive-up testing by appointment at its Anaheim locations on Beach Boulevard, Katella Avenue and Brookhurst Street. Make an appointment here.

Golden West Medical Center and its A&C Urgent Care offers testing for employees returning to workplaces. Golden West provides both swab and antibody testing.

You can contact Golden West/A&C Urgent Care at (714) 634-4884.


Orange County Testing Sites

The county offers no-cost, drive-thru testing to Orange County residents at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

The site is operated by Garden Grove-based 360 Clinic, which also operates testing at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The Costa Mesa site operates Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment only. Results are generally provided within two to four days.

Click here to make an appointment.

The Orange County Healthcare Agency also offers testing through a network of providers, including in Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Tustin and other neighboring cities.

Appointments are required.

Find the full list of testing sites here.

To download a flyer of testing sites, in both English and Spanish, click here.


California Testing Sites

California offers testing to essential workers through OptumServe, including in Buena Park, Orange, Santa Ana and San Juan Capistrano.

Testing is by appointment Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Click here to make an appointment.

Find a map of California’s testing sites here.


Antibody tests

While there's a lot of talk about antibody tests, they remain largely for research purposes at this point.

In contrast with a PCR test, the antibody test is a rapid blood test that determines whether someone has been infected with COVID-19 in the past, meaning their body has developed some antibodies from the virus.

There is no clear evidence about how long antibodies last in someone with a past infection and we don't yet know if antibodies impact risk of getting infected again.

However, some providers and retailers are offering antibody tests.

Ralphs announced in October that it will offer rapid antibody tests at its pharmacy locations across Southern California for $25. Contact your local store for more information.