Pasadena COVID-19 Testing Information

COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

Resources for Healthcare Providers

Types of COVID-19 Tests

There are two different types of tests – diagnostic tests and antibody tests.

An antibody test looks for a past infection and should not be used to diagnose an active infection.

A diagnostic test, such as a PCR or rapid antigen test, can show if you have an active infection.

Learn more about test types from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Chart comparing three COVID-19 test types: molecular, antigen, and antibody tests.

Diagnostic testing is available at the following Pasadena locations. Testing is also available at other locations in your community, such as some urgent care centers and pharmacies. Contact your healthcare provider for testing options - out of pocket fees and charges may apply.

Testing Options

COVID-19 testing options are available at no-cost to everyone. The federal government periodically offers free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to every U.S. household; check whether your household is eligible to place an order on COVID.gov.

COVID-19 Testing Options

Private Health Insurance Plans: Free COVID-19 testing with in-network providers, including eight at-home tests kits per month. Using out-of-network providers may result in costs, such as co-pays. Contact your healthcare provider for more information.

Medi-Cal Fee-for-Service:  Free COVID-19 testing if ordered by a doctor. Eight (8) free at-home test kits per month are guaranteed at least until September 30, 2024.  Learn how to get free COVID-19 antigen tests through your local pharmacy.

Medi-Cal Managed Care:  Free COVID-19 testing, including eight free at-home test kits per month. Learn how to get free COVID-19 antigen tests through your local pharmacy.

Medicare: Free COVID-19 testing if ordered by a doctor. The cost of at-home test kits for people with Medicare Advantage will vary by plan and might be free in some plans. Some Medicare Advantage plans may still provide free-at-home COVID-19 tests. Medicare – Dual coverage also known as Medi-Medi where Medicare does not provide coverage for over-the-counter (OTC) COVID tests, Medi-Cal will provide coverage for the OTC COVID antigen tests through the Medi-Cal Rx benefit.

Uninsured regardless of immigration status: Free COVID-19 testing is available at a Los Angeles County Public Health Center Nurse Only Clinic. Nurse Only Clinic Schedule.

At-Home Tests for Purchase: At-home rapid antigen test kits are available for purchase at most pharmacies and drugstores. For more information on COVID-19 at-home or self-tests, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Self-Testing At Home or Anywhere. A list of authorized at-home over-the-counter diagnostic tests and expiration dates is available from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

For more on COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and treatment following the end of the federal public health emergency, read the California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Medical Coverage Changes summary.

Visit MyTurn.CA.gov to locate a testing site near you.  Out-of-pocket costs may apply.

For more information on COVID-19 testing, please visit COVID-19 Testing: What You Need to Know from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).