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Testing & COVID-19 – What You Need to Know

Did you know that COVID-19 can feel like a common cold or seasonal allergies? If you're experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms (which include runny nose, cough, sore throat, fever, body aches and more) please get tested for COVID-19. By getting tested you'll do your part to reduce COVID-19 spread in your community. Use the following tools to help your communities understand when they should get tested and where they can get tested.

COVID testing is free to everyone who needs it. Book a free test appointment, find a walk-in test clinic, or buy a self-test kit from our local drugstore. Find a testing site online or call (833) 422-4255 or 211. Visit to learn more. Testing is free at state testing sites. Learn more about types of COVID tests (PDF).

Fact Sheet

Use this COVID-19 Testing in California fact sheet to understand when you should get tested, and how you can access testing in California.

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If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms you should get tested, even if you are fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 can feel like allergies or the cold. Get tested if you have the following symptoms.
Protect yourself. Protect your family. #GetTestedCA
Protect your community. Protect California. #GetTestedCA


Si tienes síntomas de COVID-19 debes hacerte la prueba, aún si estás completamente vacunado.
COVID-19 puede sentirse como alergias o un resfriadoCOVID-19 puede sentirse como alergias o un resfriado. Hazte la prueba si tienes los siguientes síntomas.
Protégete. Protege a tu familia. #HazteLaPruebaCA
Protege a tu comunidad. Protege a California. #HazteLaPruebaCA

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