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Health and Human Services

COVID-19 Testing

Get tested and keep your friends, family and community safe.  
What you Need to Know About Testing. 

When Should I Get Tested

You should immediately get tested for COVID-19 if you are feeling any symptoms – regardless of your vaccination status. COVID-19 symptoms can feel like a common cold (including just “the sniffles”), seasonal allergies, or flu. COVID testing in California is free to anyone who needs it.

  • If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and are not fully vaccinated, get tested right away. If you test negative, retest 5-7 days after your exposure date. Those who are unvaccinated should also test before and 3-5 days after any high-risk events
  • If you were fully vaccinated when exposed, you should get tested 3-5 days after close contact with someone who has recently tested positive. 
  • If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 3 months and have had no new symptoms since your recent exposure, you do not need to get tested. 
  • Read CDPH's full testing guidance. (Your school or workplace may have their own testing requirements.)

Where to Get Tested for COVID-19

Testing is free in California for anyone who needs it. There are no out-of-pocket costs for medically necessary testing. The testing provider will bill your insurance directly. Check here to find a testing location near you. 

El Dorado County has two COVID-19 test sites sponsored by the State and operated by LHI OPTUMServe. Testing is available for all, there is no barrier to being tested. The cost is covered either by your medical insurance or by the State if you are uninsured. 

The test is a nasal swab type with results returning between 2-4 days later and determines whether you currently have COVID-19. This is not an antibody test to determine if you have contracted the virus at an earlier time. To register for an appointment, people can visit https://lhi.care/covidtesting or call 1-888-634-1123.

Please note that if the Air Quality Index (AQI) is above 300, the testing site will be closed due to poor air quality. Inclement weather may also cause the site to have delayed start or closure. We apologize for any inconvenience. We encourage you to call 888-634-1123 to make an appointment. In the event that the testing site needs to close, all appointments will be notified of closure and appointment cancellation.

  • Lakeview Commons / El Dorado Beach Boat Trailer Parking Lot 

  • El Dorado County Administation - 330 Fair Lane, Building A - Conference Room D, Placerville
    • PLEASE USE TESTING SITE ENTRANCE AT THE LOWER PARKING LOT AND FOLLOW THE TESTING SIGNS
    • Monday-Friday - 8am-4pm, Closed 12pm-1pm for Lunch
    • LHI Placerville location flyer

  • Private Sector Testing Locations
  • At Home Testing Options - (both rapid antigen tests and PCR tests) are readily available to purchase online or pickup. Retailers include: Rite Aid, Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and Amazon 
    • Cost, brand and stock vary by retailer
    • Rapid antigen test: $19.88-$23.99
    • PCR kits: $99+

  • Sacramento County Testing Site & Information

What should I do as I wait for my results? 

If you have symptoms consistent with COVID, you should isolate. If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine to avoid spreading the disease. If you must be in contact with other people, including your household, always wear a mask and practice physical distancing. If you test positive, you will be given further guidance on treatment and self-isolation from your local health department.

Tested positive for COVID-19?

Help stop the spread by answering the call or text from your health department. Also, if you have CA Notify activated on your phone, choose to anonymously alert those you may have exposed. For more information, visit canotify.ca.gov.