Pasadena COVID-19 Testing Information

COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has updated its testing guidance. This guidance is intended to support public health officials, health care providers, and laboratories in determining who should be tested given the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic in California. Pasadena guidelines for testing are consistent with state guidance.


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. Click the image below for more information.

A diagnostic test can show if you have an active infection and should take steps to quarantine and isolate yourself from others. There are two types of diagnostic tests, molecular test (such as PCR) and antigen test. A negative antigen test result does NOT prove you do not have COVID-19, and must be confirmed with another test (PCR test).

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.

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.

When to seek emergency care

  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, you should get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion
    • Inability to be roused/awakened
    • Bluish lips or face

Isolation and Quarantine

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, or been told by a clinician that you are presumed to be positive, you are required to isolate yourself at home.
  • Regardless of the outcome of your test, if you had close contact with someone who has or is likely to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days, you are required to quarantine yourself at home.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19.
If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

Community Testing Centers

First AME Church Pasadena

Free COVID-19 testing is available at First AME Church of Pasadena. This is a drive-up only testing location. ID and registration are required.

February 23, 2021 to June 30, 2021
Tue: 10am-5pm • Wed: 1pm-8pm • Thu: 10am-5pm
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First AME Church of Pasadena
1700 N. Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 798-0503

Pacific Oaks College

Free COVID-19 testing is available Tuesday-Saturday through April 17, 2021 during the hours of 10:00am-4:00pm. Appointment, insurance or ID is not needed. For questions, contact

Pacific Oaks College
45 W. Eureka St
Pasadena, CA 91103

ChapCare Health Center

Diagnostic testing at ChapCare’s Kathryn Barger Health Center is available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., to anyone who wants to be tested for COVID-19. Uninsured individuals who get tested at ChapCare will have their tests paid for by the state. If an individual has medical insurance, Optum will bill the patient’s medical insurance company.

1595 N. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91104
Monday - Sunday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
(888) 634-1123

Exer Urgent Care

Exer Urgent Care offers COVID-19 testing to all those that meet testing criteria based on questions asked by Exer staff about the patient's risk factors and condition. Appointments are not necessary; however, testing is only available for patients who have been screened and received a testing referral from a provider through VirtualCare by Exer or at one of their clinics. The test is a nasal swab PCR test that is self-administered by the patient in their car with the assistance of an Exer provider.

3160 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 110
Pasadena, CA 91107

Carbon Health

Carbon Health offers COVID-19 testing by appointment ONLY to those with and without COVID-19 symptoms, Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. Please bring your insurance card. If you are uninsured, bring your Social Security Number or government ID and Carbon Health will bill the CARES Act.  For more information visit:

600 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 120
Pasadena, CA 91101
Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.

CVS Pharmacy

The CVS located at 3883 E. Foothill Blvd. is offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing to all those experiencing symptoms and individuals 65 and older, or who have chronic, underlying health conditions. Appointments are required and can be scheduled at CVS if you meet testing criteria. When you arrive, remain in your car. You will be directed to a window, where you will receive a test kit with instructions for self-swabbing. Insurance is accepted, and there should be no out-of-pocket costs; however, you should check with your insurance provider before scheduling a test.

3883 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107

Individuals not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms who wish to schedule a free test through the LA County COVID testing website will be referred to LA City testing site locations. Answers to frequently-asked questions regarding testing.

COVID-19 At-Home Test Kit

Pixel by LabCorp offers at-home test kits sent to your home if you cannot leave your home or cannot access a community test site. You collect the nasal swab sample and ship it back to LabCorp. Test results are available on average in 1-2 days after the sample is received at the lab. With increased demand, results on average may take 1-2 days longer. No upfront costs are required. LabCorp bills your insurance for the test; contact your insurance provider for questions. For those without insurance, LabCorp uses public funding. This test does not detect antibodies or immunity; it is designed to determine active infection with COVID-19.