Report a positive at-home COVID test
Get free at-home COVID-19 tests shipped to your door (four tests per household). Tests will be shipped out at the end of January (2022). Visit covidtests.gov
Report a positive at-home test
Anyone with a U.S. residential address can request COVID-19 tests (four per household) to be delivered directly to their home through a new federal government program. These tests will start shipping out at the end of January, 2022.
Free community testing sites
Feeling sick or think you may have been exposed? Make an appointment at one of our no-cost community testing sites or talk to your healthcare provider to get tested. Refer to Symptoms of COVID-19 | CDC for the current list of symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
Note: Test turnaround times may be delayed as the State laboratory works to keep up with the surge in demand. For inquiries about pending test results, please visit LHI's online portal or call (888) 634-1123.
Hours & Locations
Tests available Monday - Friday, 7 am - 7 pm.
(Sites are closed daily from 11 am - 12 pm and 4 pm - 5 pm.)
Note: Appointments are strongly encouraged due to increased demand for testing. Walk-ins will be accepted as availability allows but are not guaranteed.
Make a testing appointment
(If you need assistance registering, please call (888) 634-1123.)
When you Register:
- Have your insurance card available, if you have insurance.
- Write down your patient ID number, you will need this to select an appointment time. (Walk-ups will also need a patient ID in advance.)
- You will need to provide a cell phone number to get a verification code.
COVID testing is free at community testing sites. You will not be charged a copay but, if you have insurance, it will be charged. If you don't have insurance, you won't be charged at all.
Other Testing Locations
COVID-19 testing is also available from other providers. These facilities may charge co-pays or fees, so be sure to call ahead to understand the costs for testing. Need a free option? Visit one of our community testing sites above.
- Your local pharmacy, like CVS or Rite Aid
- The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) (for travelers and non-travelers)
Cottage Urgent Care - San Luis Obispo - Marigold Center | 3970 Broad, Suite 2, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | 805-762-4996 | Rapid Test for established & non-established patients (only if symptomatic)
Dignity Health Urgent Care Atascadero | 5920 W. Mall, Atascadero, CA 93422 | 805-461-2131 | PCR Test for established & non-established patients (only if symptomatic)
Dignity Health Urgent Care Central Coast | 2271 D Depot St, Santa Maria, CA 93455 | 805-922-0561 | PCR Test for established & non-established patients (only if symptomatic)
Dignity Health Urgent Care Central Orcutt | 1102 E Clark Ave Ste 120A Santa Maria, CA 93455 | 805-332-8185 | PCR Test for established & non-established patients (only if symptomatic or scheduled for surgery)
Dignity Health Urgent Care Pismo Beach | 877 N Oak Park Blvd, Pismo Beach, CA 93449 | 805-474-8450 , Established & non-established patients, PCR Test only if symptomatic
Family & Industrial Medical Center | 47 Santa Rosa St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 | 805-542-9596 | Established & non-established patients; PCR (only if symptomatic) ; rapid tests for anyone
Med Post Urgent Care of Atascadero | 7330 El Camino Real, Atascadero | 805-703-2501 | PCR Test for any established & non-established patients
Med Stop Urgent Care | 283 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 | 805-549-8880 | PCR and rapid tests for anyone
MedPost Urgent Care of Paso Robles | 500 1st St, Paso Robles | 805-226-4222 | PCR Test for any established & non-established patients
Medworks Medical Centers | 350 Posada Ln, Templeton, CA 93465 | 805-434-3699 | Unknown
Primary Care Partners SLO | 84 Santa Rosa St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 | 805-591-4727 | PCR tests for established patients
The Lapidus Clinic, Yelena Lapidus | 6627 Bay Laurel Pl A, Avila Beach, CA 93424 | 805-540-3071 | Unknown
Urgent Care of Atascadero (Central Coast Urgent Care) | 9700 El Camino Real #100, Atascadero, CA 93422 | 805-466-1330 | PCR and rapid tests for anyone
Urgent Care of Morro Bay | 783 Quintana Rd, Morro Bay, CA 93442 | 805-771-0108 | PCR and rapid tests for anyone
Urgent Care of Pismo Beach | 2 James Way Suite 214, Pismo Beach, CA 93449 | 805-295-6594 | PCR and rapid tests for anyone
See other testing sites near you
What are the differences between COVID tests?
We use nasal PCR tests at our community testing sites, which indicate whether a person is currently infected with COVID-19 and the virus. These tests take about 2 days to get results and are both more sensitive (fewer false negatives) and more specific (fewer false positives) than antigen tests.
Rapid/antigen tests (e.g., Binax NOW, BD Veritor, Sofia SARS Antigen FIA) are typically performed at the point of care. Results are available within 15-30 minutes. POC antigen tests have varying levels of sensitivity that are lower than the sensitivity of PCR and other molecular tests. The specificity of antigen tests is very close to the specificity of PCR and other molecular tests.
Antibody testing, also referred to as serologic testing, is NOT useful for the diagnosis of COVID-19. Antibody testing can be helpful to determine if a person’s immune system has mounted a response to the vaccines for COVID-19 or to the virus that causes COVID-19.