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
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.
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
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.
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.