COVID-19 Testing

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Report a positive at-home COVID test

Test positive from an at-home (rapid) COVID test? Report your result using the button below. 

Report a positive at-home test

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Test to Treat Locations in SLO County 

 

Test to Treat services include rapid testing for COVID-19, a medical consultation as appropriate, and Paxlovid anti-viral pills, if indicated.

Test to Treat provides prompt treatment for people age 65 and older and those with health conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19. If you are at high risk and experience symptoms, don't delay: this treatment must be started within five days of first symptoms.

Test to Treat locations in SLO County include:

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Hours vary by location. It is a good idea to call ahead to confirm hours and ask any specific questions about cost.

At community testing sites in Grover Beach, Paso Robles, and San Luis Obispo, all services are provided free of charge for the patient. Pharmacy and urgent care sites generally charge a fee for testing and medical consultation, and most will bill insurance for this cost. 

When seeking Test to Treat services at any site, please bring a list of any medications you currently take.

The Test to Treat Treatment Locator Tool helps locate COVID-19 treatment nationwide. 

Treatment Locator Tool

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Order Free At-Home Tests

If you have health insurance through an employer, Covered California, or Medi-Cal, your insurance will pay you back for 8 at-⁠home tests each month for each person on your plan.

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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. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  

Hours & Locations

Free testing is available Monday - Friday, 7 am - 7 pm. (Grover Beach site is closed on Fridays.) 

Sites are closed daily from 11 am - 12 pm and 4 pm - 5 pm.

Sites will be closed in observance of the Veterans Day (November 11) and Thanksgiving holidays (November 24 & 25).

 

Grover Beach

1336 Ramona Ave #A
Grover Beach, CA 93433

Closed Fridays

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo Veteran's Hall
801 Grand Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

 

Paso Robles

Paso Robles Train Station
800 Pine Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446

Testing site details:

  • Appointments are strongly encouraged. Walk-ins will be accepted as availability allows but are not guaranteed. Sites generally have more availability in the mornings. Anyone who walks in will need a patient ID/account, so please register in advance to receive one if you plan to walk in. 
  • Sites offer Test to Treat services for those age 65 and older and those with health conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19. To access these services, make a regular testing appointment.  
  • If you are interested in Test to Treat services, please bring a list of medications you are currently taking. 
  • Sites offer antigen testing (results within 2 hours, typically 30 minutes) in addition to PCR. More information.
  • Sites no longer provide the option to schedule appointments for PCR tests. Appointments are available for antigen tests, and PCR tests remain available for those who need them, such as for work, school, surgery or travel. PCR testing is especially important for those who work in congregate care settings. Anyone who needs a PCR test may schedule an appointment for an antigen test and, when they arrive on site, let the staff know they need a PCR test. Walk-ins are also accepted as capacity allows. 

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. 

 

 

For inquiries about pending test results, please visit LHI's online portal or call (888) 634-1123.

 

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Free COVID-19 Telehealth Appointments for those without Insurance or with Limited Coverage 

Free COVID-19 telehealth appointments are available online for those without health insurance or with limited coverage. This service is intended to provide COVID-positive patients who have symptoms with timely care and treatment. 

During the appointment, the health care provider will evaluate the patient and possibly recommend treatment with Paxlovid (an antiviral medication commonly used to treat COVID-19). If prescribed through this program, treatment can be picked up from a pharmacy. 

The State has partnered with Sesame Care, a telehealth provider, to provide Californians with quick, easy COVID-19 telehealth appointments for free. More than 15 languages are available, including Spanish and Mixteco. 

Who is this program for? 

  • Californians who are unable to connect with a health care provider within 24hrs of their positive test result: 

  • Have a positive COVID-19 test result from any kind of COVID-19 test, AND 

  • Are experiencing symptoms 

How to make an appointment 

  • Have an ID on hand (a driver's license or ID issued by a foreign consulate are acceptable) 

  • Call 833-686-5051, or

  • Visit sesamecare.com/covidca and: 

  1. Enter the city that you reside in (or the nearest city to you) on the top of the screen  

  2. See the list of available providers and appointment times 

  3. Make a selection and follow a few easy steps to confirm an appointment 

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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.

 

  • San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport | 975 Airport Dr., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | 855-207-5870 | PCR and rapid testing for travelers and non-travelers
  • Akeso Occupational Health - Templeton | 350 Posada Ln., Templeton, CA 93465 | 805-434-3699 | PCR testing for work-related purposes only (referral from employer)
  • Carbon Health Urgent Care - Atascadero | 7330 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422 | 805-703-2501 | PCR testing for any established & non-established patients (only if symptomatic or exposed); rapid tests for anyone
  • Carbon Health Urgent Care - Paso Robles | 500 1st St., Paso Robles, CA 93446 | 805-226-4222 | PCR testing for any established & non-established patients (only if symptomatic or exposed); rapid tests for anyone
  • Cottage Urgent Care - San Luis Obispo - Marigold Center | 3970 Broad St. Ste. 2, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | 805-762-4996 | PCR and rapid testing for established & non-established patients 

  • CVS - Nipomo | 610 W. Tefft St., Nipomo, CA 93444 | 805-929-2740

  • Dignity Health Urgent Care - Atascadero | 5920 W. Mall, Atascadero, CA 93422 | 805-461-2131 | PCR testing for established & non-established patients (only if symptomatic)

  • Dignity Health Urgent Care - Orcutt | 1102 E. Clark Ave. Ste. 120A, Santa Maria, CA 93455 | 805-332-8185 | PCR testing for established & non-established patients (only if symptomatic)     

  • Dignity Health Urgent Care - Pismo Beach | 877 N. Oak Park Blvd., Pismo Beach, CA 93449 | 805-474-8450 | PCR testing for established & non-established patients (only if symptomatic) 

  • Dignity Health Urgent Care - Santa Maria | 2271 S. Depot St., Santa Maria, CA 93455 | 805-922-0561 | PCR testing for established & non-established patients (only if symptomatic)    

  • Family & Industrial Medical Center | 47 Santa Rosa St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 | 805-542-9596 | PCR testing for established & non-established patients (only if symptomatic); rapid testing for anyone    

  • Med Stop Urgent Care | 283 Madonna Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 | 805-549-8880 | PCR and rapid testing for anyone  

  • Primary Care Partners SLO | 84 Santa Rosa St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 | 805-591-4727 | PCR and rapid testing for established patients   

  • Rite Aid - Atascadero | 7025 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422 | 805-466-8722

  • The Lapidus Clinic and Med Spa | 6685 Bay Laurel Pl. A, Avila Beach, CA 93424 | 805-540-3071 | PCR and rapid testing for established patients  

  • Urgent Care of Atascadero | 9700 El Camino Real #100, Atascadero, CA 93422 | 805-466-1330 | PCR and rapid testing for anyone   

  • Urgent Care of Morro Bay | 783 Quintana Rd., Morro Bay, CA 93442 | 805-771-0108 | PCR and rapid testing for anyone  

  • Urgent Care of Pismo Beach | 2 James Way Ste. 214, Pismo Beach, CA 93449 | 805-295-6594 | PCR and rapid testing for anyone 

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What are the differences between COVID tests?

PCR Tests

PCR tests indicate whether a person is currently infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. These tests are both more sensitive (fewer false negatives) and more specific (fewer false positives) than antigen tests. Results are generally available in less than two days. 

 

Rapid Antigen Tests

Rapid antigen tests (e.g., Binax NOW, BD Veritor, Sofia SARS Antigen FIA) generally offer results  within 15-30 minutes. Antigen tests have varying levels of sensitivity but are generally lower than the sensitivity of PCR and other molecular tests. (In other words, they may have more false negatives or may not detect infection as early as a PCR test.) The specificity of antigen tests is very close to the specificity of PCR and other molecular tests. 

 

Antibody Testing

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.